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Arduous Journeys on Roads Not [Yet] Taken: Language, Neoliberal Work Skills, and the Exhausted Educational Dream

[Image of children in a school in Tangier, Morocco. Image from Jalil Arfaoui/Flickr.]

The passionate controversy over Noureddine Ayouche’s proposal to replace fuṣḥā with the Moroccan vernaculars (especially Moroccan Arabic, dārija) as languages of instruction in pre-school and early primary school classes indicates that questions over classroom language are never solely pedagogical. Rather, they are intimately imbricated in broader political dynamics, among which include the evolution of the Moroccan nation-state during the period of mature neoliberalism, and ...

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Charis Boutieri

 

Charis Boutieri is a Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of the Middle East at King’s College London. Her research addresses knowledge production and dissemination in North Africa, the imbrication of colonial, nationalist, and international development agendas in the structure and experience of education, language and power, lived democracy and democratization, and virtual sociality and youth. Her publications include articles in theAnthropology and Education Quarterly (2013) and the International Journal for Middle East Studies (2012), a chapter in Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East (Routledge 2014), and a monograph in preparation titled Learning in Babel: the Politics of Knowledge and Language in Contemporary Morocco