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Of Chicks, Lice and Mackerel:Carnival and Transgression in a Spanish Enclave in Morocco

Campbell, Brian (2014) Of Chicks, Lice and Mackerel:Carnival and Transgression in a Spanish Enclave in Morocco. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, . pp. 1-30. ISSN 0014-1844. E-ISSN 1469-588X. (doi:10.1080/00141844.2014.976238) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In 2006, a group of Ceutan Carnival performers were sued for their antiMuslim lyrics, resulting in a convoluted trial that took six years to resolve. Ceuta is a small, cosmopolitan Spanish enclave on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. Its Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish communities are tenuously held together by the City-led ideology of convivencia, that challenges mono-cultural models of Spanishness in favour of the idea that that Ceuta’s ethno-religious groups live in harmony, all being validly Spanish. This paper contends that the Ceutan Carnival does not fit functionalist theories describing it as a stress-tap that reproduces power-relations by temporarily allowing their transgression. The long-drawn-out trial, which incurred vicious feuds, spiked tensions between Christians and Muslims, collapsed ‘convivencia’, and challenged the authority of State institutions, suggests that the Ceutan Carnival is an uncomfortable space, better understood if treated as a Foucaultian ‘mirror’, a space where society appears to itself as dangerously anarchistic, making individuals long for, not resist, State control.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00141844.2014.976238
Uncontrolled keywords: Foucault, Mediterranean, scapegoat, multiculturalism, Islam
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: B. Campbell
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 15:39 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:42 UTC
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