M. Ruth Dike
Funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, my dissertation explores how Moroccan family life is changing, with regards to the gendered negotiations of reproductive and paid labor and the cultural meaning and lived experience of contemporary middle-class identities. Reproductive labor is broadly defined as unpaid and paid labor associated with care giving and domestic roles including but not limited to cleaning, cooking, and child care. While the majority of existing research on reproductive labor uses quantitative methods which pre-formulates participants’ responses, this project employs a fine-grained ethnographic approach to explore everyday practices in the household in order to uncover participants’ own reasons and strategies for negotiating reproductive labor in the way they do.
Dike, M. Ruth. “Exploring Moroccan Identities in the Diaspora,” Digest: A Journal of Foodways & Culture 3:1 (2014): n. pg.