The Politics of the Veil

The Politics of the Veil

by Joan Wallach Scott
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0691147981
ISBN-13:
9780691147987
Pub. Date:
08/02/2010
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Princeton University Press

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The Politics of the Veil

"Brilliant, crisp, and cogently argued. Joan W. Scott's novel and trenchant discursive analysis exposes the prejudices of the reductionist French versions of secularism and feminism regarding Islam and French Muslims from North African and Arab origins. The study is illuminating far beyond the French case, as former colonial and/or working subjects struggle for integration and recognition of their difference."—Abdellah Hammoudi, Princeton University

"Carefully argued, insightful and humane, Joan Scott's The Politics of the Veil is far and away the best account of France's identity crisis that was signaled by the famous headscarf affair. The final chapter, on the symbolic meanings of the headscarf/veil, is the most original and brilliant piece of writing that I have read on this topic. This is an indispensable book, transcending the particularity of French obsessions and forcing the reader to think about wider political problems that concern us all."—Talal Asad, author of On Suicide Bombing

"Scott traces the history and politics of veil controversies in France and draws apart intertwined strands, starting with the legacy of racism from the colonial past. She persuasively argues for the negotiation of cultural and religious differences rather than their negation. This book will be required reading for all those concerned with the integration of Muslims into Western Christian societies."—Beth Baron, author of Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics

"This is an important and timely book that will challenge the dominant terms used to debate the French government's ban on the veil in public schools. Through a careful analysis of historical and contemporary French discourse on Muslims and Arabs, Scott helps us see how the controversy over the veil is indexical of a deep paradox that haunts the ideology of French Republicanism of which the principle of lacit is a crucial part."—Saba Mahmood, author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691147987
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/02/2010
Series: Public Square Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 564,861
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Joan Wallach Scott is the Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Her books include "Parite!: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism" and "Gender and the Politics of History".

Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Headscarf Controversies     21
Racism     42
Secularism     90
Individualism     124
Sexuality     151
Conclusion     175
Notes     185
Index     199

What People are Saying About This

Saba Mahmood

This is an important and timely book that will challenge the dominant terms used to debate the French government's ban on the veil in public schools. Through a careful analysis of historical and contemporary French discourse on Muslims and Arabs, Scott helps us see how the controversy over the veil is indexical of a deep paradox that haunts the ideology of French Republicanism of which the principle of laïcité is a crucial part.
Saba Mahmood, author of "Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject"

Beth Baron

Scott traces the history and politics of veil controversies in France and draws apart intertwined strands, starting with the legacy of racism from the colonial past. She persuasively argues for the negotiation of cultural and religious differences rather than their negation. This book will be required reading for all those concerned with the integration of Muslims into Western Christian societies.
Beth Baron, author of "Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics"

Talal Asad

Carefully argued, insightful and humane, Joan Scott's The Politics of the Veil is far and away the best account of France's identity crisis that was signaled by the famous headscarf affair. The final chapter, on the symbolic meanings of the headscarf/veil, is the most original and brilliant piece of writing that I have read on this topic. This is an indispensable book, transcending the particularity of French obsessions and forcing the reader to think about wider political problems that concern us all.
Talal Asad, author of "On Suicide Bombing"

Abdellah Hammoudi

Brilliant, crisp, and cogently argued. Joan W. Scott's novel and trenchant discursive analysis exposes the prejudices of the reductionist French versions of secularism and feminism regarding Islam and French Muslims from North African and Arab origins. The study is illuminating far beyond the French case, as former colonial and/or working subjects struggle for integration and recognition of their difference.
Abdellah Hammoudi, Princeton University

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scott explores the relationship between the cultural history of France and the 2005 banning of the Headscarf. The book is a very interesting read especially with the increased interest in the headscarf, current affairs, and Islam.