Read Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space by John R. Bowen Free Online
Book Title: Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space|
The author of the book: John R. Bowen
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: December 16th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781400837564
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.42 MB
City - Country: No data
Loaded: 2046 times
Reader ratings: 5.2
Read full description of the books:
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.
Bowen argues that the focus on headscarves came from a century-old sensitivity to the public presence of religion in schools, feared links between public expressions of Islamic identity and radical Islam, and a media-driven frenzy that built support for a headscarf ban during 2003-2004. Although the defense of "laicite" (secularity) was cited as the law's major justification, politicians, intellectuals, and the media linked the scarves to more concrete social anxieties--about "communalism," political Islam, and violence toward women.
Written in engaging, jargon-free prose, "Why the French Don't Like Headscarves" is the first comprehensive and objective analysis of this subject, in any language, and it speaks to tensions between assimilation and diversity that extend well beyond France's borders.
Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions."
Download Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space ERUB
Download Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space DOC
Download Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space TXT
Read information about the authorJohn Richard Bowen
There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.