Marriage strategies and kinship among the popular classes of northern morocco and the migration to Catalonia

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Abstract

In this work I review the family nuclearization thesis when applied to the Moroccan case and its populations who live in a transnational space. The transformation of the family which have came about in Morocco in the last quarter of the 20th century, provoked by internal and external migrations, does not reduce the weight of kinship ties in spite of the emergence of new residence patterns. The increase of nuclear homes is not equivalent to the constitution of isolated families but it takes place under the influence of links of interdependence between kin members, not only in Morocco but also among the people migrated to Europe. Starting from a critical review of the literature on kinship and alliance in the Maghreb and from my own ethnographic cases, I conclude that the proximity ties influence significantly the circulation of persons and goods, and specially the mechanisms of marriage election.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-439
JournalRevista Internacional de Sociologia
Volume71
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

Keywords

  • Endogamy
  • Family
  • Maghreb
  • Migrations
  • Transnationality.

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