Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

Questioning French Secularism

Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb

Authors: Selby, Jennifer

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Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book examines how contemporary secularism in France is positioned as a guarantor of women’s rights. Selby argues that the complex “fetishization” of headscarves in public, governmental, and feminist French discourse positions publicly-visible Muslim women in ways that obscure their engagement with laïcité (French secularism).

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Jennifer A. Selby is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University, Canada. She studies Islam in the West, with a focus on secularism and gender politics in contemporary France and Canada.

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“A thoughtful ethnography with appeal for researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates ... . Readers in this last category will appreciate the book's accessibility to those new to some of the theoretical discussions within scholarship on Islam, gender, and secularism in Europe. Selby weaves her references to theoretical debates into largely ethnographic prose that non-specialists will find easy to follow. Questioning French Secularism will be of as much interest to those studying migration and the politics of multiculturalism in an increasingly diverse Europe as it will be to readers studying Islam, secularism, North African diaspora, or social scientific approaches to religion more broadly.” (Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar, Contemporary Islam, Vol. 8 (2), May, 2014)

“The Canadian anthropologist Jennifer A. Selby’s Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb provides a welcome addition to this literature … . This book is an ethnographically rich contribution to the anthropological literature on secularism, feminism, and Islam in France, and it deserves a wide readership.” (Sindre Bangstad, Religion and Society, Vol. 4 (5), 2014)



“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. This engaging and highly readable book is a must-read for scholars and students pursuing research on religion, gender, migration, and nationalism.” (Chantal Tetreault, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Michigan State University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Setting the Scene: Place and Method

    Selby, Jennifer A.

    Pages 1-27

  • “Hardly Paradise”: From Shantytown to Housing Projects

    Selby, Jennifer A.

    Pages 29-70

  • The Shifting Boundaries of

    Selby, Jennifer A.

    Pages 71-97

  • Feminism, Femininity, and

    Selby, Jennifer A.

    Pages 99-133

  • Marriage Partner Preference

    Selby, Jennifer A.

    Pages 135-167

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Questioning French Secularism
Book Subtitle
Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01132-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-01132-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-12101-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-58540-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 247
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