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A Subaltern Critic Unveils The Intersection Between Gender And Class Biases In Modernization Policies

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This chapter presents Mernissi as a 'subaltern historian' writing the subaltern history of Morocco. Mernissi is one of the first Moroccan sociologists to attempt to bring poor rural and urban working women to the sphere of representation, against the grain of official economic and political discourses that ignore their existence. The narrative that emerges from Mernissi's interviews problematizes the development policy or modernization project carried out in postindependence Morocco, underscoring its class and gender biases. The chapter also explains Mernissi's attempt to underline the importance of women's awareness of their oppression and their means of resistance as a pioneering endeavor that points to the formation in Morocco of a "subaltern consciousness".

Keywords: class biases; gender biases; Mernissi; modernization policies; Morocco; subaltern critic unveils



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