The Voice of the Rural: Music, Poetry, and Masculinity among Migrant Moroccan Men in Umbria
by Alessandra Ciucci
University of Chicago Press
eISBN: 978-0-226-81868-9 | Paper: 978-0-226-81869-6 | Cloth: 978-0-226-81676-0

A moving portrait of the contemporary experiences of migrant Moroccan men.

Umbria is known to most Americans for its picturesque rolling hills and medieval villages, but to the many Moroccan migrants who travel there, Umbria is better known for the tobacco fields and construction sites where they work. Marginalized and far from their homes, these men turn to Moroccan traditions of music and poetry that romanticize the countryside they have left— l-‘arubiya, or the rural. In this book, Alessandra Ciucci takes us inside the lives of Moroccan workers, unpacking the way they share the musical style of the rural to create a sense of home and belonging in a foreign and inhospitable nation. Along the way, she uncovers how this culture of belonging is not just the product of the struggles of migration, but also tied to the reclamation of a noble and virtuous masculine identity that is inaccessible to Moroccan migrants in Italy.
The Voice of the Rural allows us to understand the contemporary experiences of migrant Moroccan men by examining their imagined relationship to the rural, shedding new light on the urgent issues of migration and belonging.  

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