23.468, Books: History of Linguistics/Ling & Lit/Sociolinguistics: Sekkal

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Subject: 23.468, Books: History of Linguistics/Ling & Lit/Sociolinguistics: Sekkal

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Date: 27-Jan-2012
From: Ulrich Lueders [lincom.europa at t-online.de]
Subject: Constructing Gender through Proverbs and Folktales in Tazrwalt
(South of Morocco): Sekkal


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Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:39:07
From: Ulrich Lueders [lincom.europa at t-online.de]
Subject: Constructing Gender through Proverbs and Folktales in Tazrwalt (South of Morocco): Sekkal

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Title: Constructing Gender through Proverbs and Folktales in Tazrwalt
(South of Morocco) 
Series Title: LINCOM Cultural Studies 07  

Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
	   http://www.lincom.eu
	

Book URL: http://lincom-shop.eu 


Author: Khadija Sekkal

Paperback: ISBN:  9783862882557 Pages: 338 Price: ----  75.60


Abstract:

This book focuses on the social construction of gender in folklore. Based on 
culture-reflector approach and critical ethnography, the investigation 
scrutinizes the social message of folklore. It examines the portrayal of 
women in two forms of folk literature, proverbs and folktales. It aims at 
showing whether folk tradition is biased against women or not.

The study is organized into five chapters with different subjects. While the 
first and second chapters constitute the theoretical part, the fourth and the 
fifth chapters are concerned with the empirical part. The third chapter is about 
the methodology adopted in this book. As the study is associated with 
ethnography, it adopts different data collection techniques, namely participant 
and non-participant observation, the interview and questionnaire. In fact, it 
uses methodological pluralism by combining qualitative and quantitative 
approaches to have a profound knowledge of Tazrwalt people.

The study concludes that in addition to the function of folklore in providing 
information about a culture, it has also other functions, namely indoctrination, 
socialization and enculturation. The book reveals that there are many 
stereotypes attached to women in folklore. The latter inevitably stresses their 
subordination and inferiority. Therefore, it is biased against women regardless 
of their social status. The study also unfolds that folk tradition enshrines the 
values of patriarchy. It also unveils that besides misrepresenting women, 
folklore is also a scope for the subversion of gender-related stereotypes.

The book suggests that an all-inclusive study should not only focus on 
gender but also on other variables such as age, social class and level of 
education. It also suggests that there should be more research on rural 
women and proposes that it's high time to take into consideration their 
economic, social and individual differences. It also puts forward that, though 
women are negatively portrayed in folklore, their potential should not be 
underestimated; yet, it should be overemphasized. In fact, the present book 
shows that women are ready to improve their situation but the government 
should help them by establishing more schools, organizations and 
associations to ensure social equity. Their situation can also be improved but 
with the help of men who should encourage women. 



Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
                     Ling & Literature
                     Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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