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Author Bowen, John R. (John Richard), 1951-

Title Why the French don't like headscarves : Islam, the State, and public space / John R. Bowen
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2007


Description 1 online resource (x, 290 pages) : illustrations
Series Anthropology online
Anthropology online
Contents State and religion in the long run -- Remembering laïcité -- Regulating Islam -- Publicity and politics, 1989-2005 -- Scarves and schools -- Moving toward a law -- Repercussions -- Philosophy, media, anxiety -- Communalism -- Islamism -- Sexism -- Conclusions
Summary "The French government's 2004 decision to ban Islamic headscarves and other religious signs from public schools puzzled many observers, both because it seemed to infringe needlessly on religious freedom, and because it was hailed by many in France as an answer to a surprisingly wide range of social ills, from violence against females in poor suburbs to anti-Semitism. Why the French Don't Like Headscarves explains why headscarves on schoolgirls caused such a furor, and why the furor yielded this law. Making sense of the dramatic debate from his perspective as an American anthropologist in France at the time, John Bowen writes about everyday life and public events while also presenting interviews with officials and intellectuals, and analyzing French television programs and other media."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-282) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- France
Veils -- Social aspects -- France
Muslim women -- Clothing -- France
Clothing and dress -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Clothing and dress -- Political aspects -- France
Islam and secularism -- France
Islam and state -- France
Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- Social aspects -- France
Social conflict -- France -- Religious aspects
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Beauty & Grooming.
HISTORY -- Europe -- France.
Social conflict -- Religious aspects
Islam and state
Clothing and dress -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Hijab (Islamic clothing)
Islam and secularism
Muslim women -- Clothing
Race relations
Veils -- Social aspects
France -- Race relations
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006005111
ISBN 9781400837564
Other Titles Why the French do not like headscarves