Gender Studies

Dreadfully Changing: The Pressures of Mutability on Men and Masculinities in Morocco

Conway-Long, Don, Ph.D. Washington University, 2000. 367 pages. Adviser: Canfield, Robert. Publication Number: AAT 9986649.

Based on interviews with 48 men in three Moroccan cities in 1992-93, this dissertation examines men’s beliefs and practices relating to masculinity, femininity and gender relations. Considering masculinity to be an ideology that interconnects the members of an imagined community, the study argues for the variability of that ideology even among members of a similar population or demographic group. In examining the ways Moroccan men make gendered accounts of their changing positions in the economy, the family and the state, this work argues that masculinity is a fundamental, though often invisible feature of male identity, and yet simultaneously a malleable ideology related to power in many realms of social life not so obviously gendered.

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