MOROCCAN RURAL MOTHERS: ROLES AND SOCIETY’S EXPECTATIONS
Generally speaking, mothers in Morocco find themselves in flux, constantly needing to manage and negotiate the conflicting expectations that are a result of the different conceptions of motherhood, let alone mothers in marginalized areas, rural areas, where they are silenced because of being mothers, and because of being that creature that must undertake hard work on a daily basis. Therefore, through using qualitative instruments, especially interviews, the focus will be in this study on diagnosing and analyzing the identity of mothers in Moroccan rural areas in terms of the roles they are assigned, their feeling towards their situation of being a “creature” working for free, and the tensions they feel in the ongoing process of fulfilling the society‘s expectations. Findings have shown that Moroccan rural mothers are suffering not only from patriarchy, but also from poverty and financial problems.
Mothering, Mothering Identity, Rural Areas, Gender Roles, Society’s Expectations