Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb by Jennifer SelbyQuestioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb by Jennifer Selby

Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb

byJennifer Selby

Hardcover | February 10, 2012

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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).
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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Title:Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian SuburbFormat:HardcoverDimensions:247 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.78 inPublished:February 10, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230121012

ISBN - 13:9780230121010

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Table of 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

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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)."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)