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Trapped on the Island: The Politics of Race and Belonging in Jazirat al-Maghrib
Journal article, Created By Alexander, Isabella and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
Drawing on ethnographic engagement with Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans from varying socioeconomic positions this article interrogates how notions of race and belonging - or blackness and nationhood - are changing as Morocco transitions into a new destination country for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Examining Jazirat al-Maghrib as an historic and contemporary crossroads striving to maintain control over its physical and symbolic borders, the trope of island-ness emerges. Rising violence against Morocco's expanding sub-Saharan population is examined through collected narrati...
Waiting to Burn: Spanish-Maghribi Relations and the Making of a New Migrant Class
Journal article, Created By Alexander, Isabella and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
It is impossible to think of modern Spanish-Maghribi relations without thinking of the complicated histories of migration that have shaped both nations. 'Hrig,' the Moroccan Arabic term for 'illegal immigration,' translates to 'burning,' signifying both the literal burning of one's identification papers to avoid repatriation if arrested by Spanish authorities and the symbolic burning of one's past in hopes of a better future abroad. This article draws on multiple years of ethnographic research with Morocco's rapidly expanding population of sub-Saharan ...