The Politics of Social Action in Morocco

  • Shana Cohen Cambridge University+44 (0)1223
Keywords: Middle Class, Morocco, Social Action


This paper analyses the attitudes of public sector professionals toward work in order to understand how a neoliberal policy orientation in Morocco has affected the relationship between social identity and political practice. The paper suggests that policy reforms have undermined the association between social identity and the nation-based social and political purpose of public institutions and instigated new dependence in self-identification and political practice on relations with low-income service users. Professionals no longer act to preserve a conceptual identification like the middle class, instead finding political and social meaning through demonstrating the capacity to defy institutional rules and policy expectations of behaviour.

Author Biography

Shana Cohen, Cambridge University+44 (0)1223

is the Deputy Director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge. The Institute specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective. She is also an affiliate lecturer with the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include community activism, public institutions and social change, and international social policy. email:

How to Cite
Cohen, S. “The Politics of Social Action in Morocco”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 2, May 2014, pp. 74-82, doi: