Why the French Don't Like Headscarves

Why the French Don't Like Headscarves

Islam, the State, and Public Space

Book - 2007
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780691125060 (cloth : alk. paper)
0691125066 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 391.430944 BOW
Characteristics: x, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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