Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, And Politics In Popular Culture

Paperback | October 23, 2013

byJonathan Smolin

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Facing rising demands for human rights and the rule of law, the Moroccan state fostered new mass media and cultivated more positive images of the police, once the symbol of state repression, reinventing the relationship between citizen and state for a new era. Jonathan Smolin examines popular culture and mass media to understand the changing nature of authoritarianism in Morocco over the past two decades. Using neglected Arabic sources including crime tabloids, television movies, true-crime journalism, and police advertising, Smolin sheds new light on politics and popular culture in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Facing rising demands for human rights and the rule of law, the Moroccan state fostered new mass media and cultivated more positive images of the police, once the symbol of state repression, reinventing the relationship between citizen and state for a new era. Jonathan Smolin examines popular culture and mass media to understand the ch...

Jonathan Smolin is Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures at Dartmouth College. His publications include a translation of Abdelilah Hamdouchi's The Final Bet: A Modern Arabic Novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253010659

ISBN - 13:9780253010650

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration, Translation, and Style

Introduction: State, Mass Media, and the New Moroccan Authoritarianism
1. Police on Trial: The Tabit Affair, Newspaper Sensationalism, and the End of the Years of Lead
2. "He Butchered His Wife Because of Witchcraft and Adultery": Crime Tabloids, Moral Panic, and the Remaking of the Moroccan Cop
3. Crime-Page Fiction: Moroccan True Crime and the New Independent Press
4. Prime-Time Cops: Blurring Police Fact and Fiction on Moroccan Television
5. The Moroccan "Serial Killer" and CSI: Casablanca
6. From Morocco's 9/11 to Community Policing: State Advertising and the New Citizen
Epilogue: "The Police Are at the Service of the People"

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Manifest[s] years of painstaking research that come to fruition at a time when its topic-cultures and practices of policing in the Arab world-could not be more urgent for students, scholars, and commentators.... Smolin fashions a new critical approach to the question of authoritarianism in the Arabic-speaking region." -Hosam Aboul-Ela, University of Houston