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Struggles for Scarce Resources in the 1930s

Stacy E. Holden

in The Politics of Food in Modern Morocco

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033730
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033730.003.0008
Struggles for Scarce Resources in the 1930s

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In the 1930s, drought and global recession caused a severe food shortage in Moroccan cities. Given the extent of the crisis, French officers could no longer guarantee urban workers a minimum standard of living in exchange for their political quiescence. The weakness of the colonial state — and not its oppressive strength — led some members of Fez's mercantile elite to court discontented workers by securing their access to meat and flour. These nationalists organized a movement that advocated some commercial and technological modernization, but they rejected outright industrialization. This nationalist movement maintained conservative concepts of sociopolitical organization by which the elite cared for their social inferiors through patron-client networks.

Keywords: drought; global recession; political quiescence; technological modernization; mercantile elite

Chapter.  10234 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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