Gender on the Market

"Kapchan's splendid enthnographic study of women's performance genres in Beni Mellal, Morocco, is an outstanding contribution to gender studies and to the understanding of Middle Eastern society."—Choice

Gender on the Market
Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition

Deborah Kapchan

1996 | 352 pages | Cloth $55.00 | Paper $26.50
Anthropology
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Transcription and Transliteration
Acknowledgments: Possession by Three Spirits
Introduction: The Dialogic Enterprise of Women in Changing Social Contexts

PART ONE. WOMEN IN THE MARKET
1. In the Place of the Market
2. Shtara: Competence in Cleverness
3. Words of Possession, Possession of Words: the Majduba
4. Words About Herbs: Feminine Performance of Oratory in the Marketplace
5. Reporting the New, Revoicing the Past' Marketplace Oratory and the Carnivalesque

PART TWO. GENDER ON THE MARKET
6. Women on the Market: The Subversive Bride
7. Catering to the Sexual Market: Female Performers Defining the Social Body
8. Property in the (Other) Person: Mothers-in-Law, Working Women, and Maids
9. Terms of Talking Back: Women's Discourse on Magic
10. Conclusion: Hybridization and the Marketplace

Appendix 1: Discourse of the Majduba
Appendix 2: Discourse of the 'Ashshaba
Glossary
Bibliography
Subject Index
Author Index