Gender, family negotiations and academic success of young Moroccan women in Spain

Marta Bertran Tarrés*, Maribel Ponferrada-Arteaga, Jordi Pàmies Rovira

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This article examines the lives of pioneering young women from Morocco, the first to enjoy educational and social success in Catalonia, by analyzing the family negotiations entered into during this process. The study is based on the life stories of these young Moroccan women and on ideas that emerge from discussion groups involving the women themselves and experts in education and other fields. We report that the young women perceive a certain degree of flexibility on the part of their families in their intra-family relations and the model of woman they are prepared to accept. However, our study also provides evidence of the fact that their success is associated with a constant process of negotiation, the women having to exercise their agency above and beyond their parental expectations and control, leaving them in a position of solitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-181
Number of pages21
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


  • academic success
  • family negotiations
  • gender relations
  • Muslim femininity
  • Spain
  • young Moroccan women


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