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The politics of the veil, Joan Wallach Scott

Label
The politics of the veil
Title
The politics of the veil
Statement of responsibility
Joan Wallach Scott
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 2004, the French government instituted a ban on the wearing of "conspicuous signs" of religious affiliation in public schools. Though the ban applies to everyone, it is aimed at Muslim girls wearing headscarves. Proponents of the law insist it upholds France's values of secular liberalism and regard the headscarf as symbolic of Islam's resistance to modernity. The Politics of the Veil is an explosive refutation of this view, one that bears important implications for us all. Joan Wallach Scott, the renowned pioneer of gender studies, argues that the law is symptomatic of France's failure to integrate its former colonial subjects as full citizens. She examines the long history of racism behind the law as well as the ideological barriers thrown up against Muslim assimilation. She emphasizes the conflicting approaches to sexuality that lie at the heart of the debate--how French supporters of the ban view sexual openness as the standard for normalcy, emancipation, and individuality, and the sexual modesty implicit in the headscarf as proof that Muslims can never become fully French. Scott maintains that the law, far from reconciling religious and ethnic differences, only exacerbates them. She shows how the insistence on homogeneity is no longer feasible for France--or the West in general--and how it creates the very "clash of civilizations" said to be at the root of these tensions. The Politics of the Veil calls for a new vision of community where common ground is found amid our differences, and where the embracing of diversity--not its suppression--is recognized as the best path to social harmony."
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DLC
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Scott, Joan Wallach
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Public square book series
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  • Muslims
  • Islamophobia
  • Racism
  • Hijab (Islamic clothing)
  • Muslims
  • Secularism
  • Culture conflict
  • Islam and politics
Label
The politics of the veil, Joan Wallach Scott
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-197) and index
Contents
Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Headscarf controversies -- Racism -- Secularism -- Individualism -- Sexuality -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn122715361
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 208 p.
Isbn
9780691147987
Lccn
2007013953
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The politics of the veil, Joan Wallach Scott
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-197) and index
Contents
Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Headscarf controversies -- Racism -- Secularism -- Individualism -- Sexuality -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn122715361
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 208 p.
Isbn
9780691147987
Lccn
2007013953
Other physical details
ill.

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