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10 Feb 2012
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Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book analyzes public discourses on secularism in France to consider how Islam becomes subsumed under the fetishized headscarf, how women's bodies come to represent collective identities, and how the activism and engagement of suburban Muslim women with secular politics is ignored.


Description

Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book analyzes public discourses on secularism in France to consider how Islam becomes subsumed under the fetishized headscarf, how women's bodies come to represent collective identities, and how the activism and engagement of suburban Muslim women with secular politics is ignored.


Reviews

"Combining rich ethnographic description and incisive theoretical analysis, Questioning French Secularism takes on some of the most provocative issues of our time: religiosity, immigration, Islam in the West, and gender politics. In her forceful yet nuanced account, Selby reveals why the French model for secularism poses Muslim women's agency as a core challenge to the state and how this model fails to understand first-generation migrant women's political and religious practices. This engaging and highly readable book appeals to ethnography to answer the big theoretical and political questions of our time - a must-read for scholars and students pursuing research on religion, gender, migration, and nationalism." - Chantal Tetreault, assistant professor of Anthropology, Michigan State University


Contents

PART I: SETTING THE SCENE: PLACE AND METHOD
Gender Politics and Religion in Contemporary France
Fieldwork Context: Working and Living in Petit Nanterre
Methodological Considerations: On Writing about Muslim Women
PART II: 'HARDLY PARADISE': FROM SHANTYTOWN TO HOUSING PROJECT
Migration to the Banlieues of Paris
Religious Geography
Gender Politics and Sexual Segregation
Divisions
Community-Based Organizations
2005 Suburban Riots
PART III: THE SHIFTING BOUNDARIES OF LAICITE
Secularism: General Remarks
Secularism: The French Case
Commissioned Secularism in Contemporary France
Secularism: The Pork Affair in Petit Nanterre
PART IV: FEMINISM, FEMININITY, AND LAICITE
Femmes Solidaires ('Women in Solidarity')
French Femininity: Stereotypes
Gossip
PART V: MARRIAGE-PARTNER PREFERENCE AND MIGRATION TO PETIT NANTERRE
Journeys to Petit Nanterre
Implications for 'Disfavored' Women
Second-Generation Women Respond
Implications
PART VI: ON BEING A VISIBLY RELIGIOUS WOMAN IN FRANCE
Continued French Colonialism?
Feminist Critiques and Practicing Religious Women
General Conclusion


Authors

JENNIFER A. SELBYAssistant Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.