A Note to Instructors
This book is an ethnography, based on a year of intensive research among Fes factory girls in 1995. I have written the book in a direct and accessible style meant to appeal to the undergraduate university student and to be used as a supplementary text in basic anthropology courses. The book might also be useful in courses on ethnographic methods, Middle East studies, and women and gender.
Students in anthropology courses are typically required to read a full-length ethnographic account. I have found that narrative ethnographies, particularly those that portray the life of the ethnographer in the field, are of great interest to students. This ethnographic genre stretches back to the beginnings of anthropological theory-making: Bronislaw Malinowski’s, A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term, Hortense Powdermaker’s Stranger and Friend, are some of the well-known classics in the genre. Many researchers working in the Middle East have published works in a similar narrative style: Elizabeth Fernea's Guests of The Sheik and A Street in Marrakech (among others), Paul Rabinow’s Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco. Ericka Friedl expanded the limits of ethnographic writing with Women of Deh Koh, and again with Children of Deh Koh.
Although I have written the book in narrative form, I have included an introduction and conclusion in a traditional academic style. The introduction directly addresses theoretical issues implicit in the narrative. These sub-headings align well with anthropological issues traditionally introduced in university classes, such as:
•Ethnographic research problems of perspective, reflexivity, the dialogic question
•Work, industrialization, women in the global factory
•Kinship, family, and marriage
•Gender and sexuality
Attached here I provide two sets of questions. In the first set, the questions are divided by chapter. These questions might be used to check comprehension and spark class discussion as students read through the text. The second set of questions is based on the book as a whole. These questions are designed to help students think critically about the text, anthropological theory, and ethnography. I also provide a separate page of additional resources, such as internet sites, blogs, and films related to the text.