Dag van de Sociologie location:Leuven date:29 mei 2008
This papers deals with the weddings of the second generation Moroccan migrants in Belgium and the way they elaborate these marriages as unique ceremonial events. Triangulating qualitative and quantitative data with theoretical insights we will see how a whole economy developed in which Moroccan entrepreneurs supply for specific goods and services like the caftan, a traditional ceremonial dress for women. On the demand side the need for unifying rituals and symbols is important since the Moroccan community is inwardly torn by acculturation and individualization, leading to a growing discord between the generations and the sexes. Although traditional at first sight, the wedding rituals and the caftans are rather reinvented by a community looking for ethnic identity-markers that can help to realign all descendants. This 'translocation' of culture is therefore not just replicating the homeland but also creating new grounds to stand on.