Reshaping Space and Time in Morocco: The Agencification of Urban Government and its Effects in the Bouregreg Valley (Rabat/ Salé)

  • Maryame Amarouche University of Lyon; CIRAD
  • Koenraad Bogaert Ghent University
Keywords: Morocco, Urban government, Neoliberalism, New State Space

Abstract

Since the turn of the new century, urban mega-projects became a new growth strategy in Morocco. Yet, in contrast to their utopian promises, urban mega-projects do not solve the contemporary urban crisis in the region, but reproduce it in different ways. A paradigmatic case is the Bouregreg project in the valley between Rabat and Salé. This article considers the ways in which this megaproject represents a means to extract profits and privatize public wealth, but also how it represents an urban laboratory for the development of new modalities of government, control, and domination. Finally it assesses the social impact of the project on small-scale farmers and private landowners.

Author Biographies

Maryame Amarouche, University of Lyon; CIRAD

is a PhD Student in Geography at the university of Lyon - ENTPE (UMR EVS RIVES) and CIRAD, the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (UMR Art-Dev). She is currently a guest researcher at the NIMAR (Dutch Institute in Morocco). Her doctoral research focuses on the effects of urban politics and metropolitan development on the suburban areas of Rabat (Morocco) and Lyon (France) in relation to issues of governance, spatial segregation and environmental justice.

Koenraad Bogaert, Ghent University

is assistant professor at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies and member of the Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) at Ghent University. His research is centered around the broader question of political change in the Arab World, more specifically Morocco, in relation to globalization, neoliberal urbanization, capitalist uneven development and social protest.

Published
2019-06-25
How to Cite
Amarouche, M., and K. Bogaert. “Reshaping Space and Time in Morocco: The Agencification of Urban Government and Its Effects in the Bouregreg Valley (Rabat/ Salé)”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 12, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 44-54, doi:10.17192/meta.2019.12.7934.