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Gendering the diversification of diversity

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Coene, Gily; Longman, Chia

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Abstract This article presents an analysis of the recent headscarf debate in Belgium, and explores in particular to what extent issues of gender equality and feminist arguments were central to the discussion. It is argued that compared to France, concerns about secularity and state-neutrality, national identity and equality, all find resonance in the Belgian context, but are articulated in a more ambiguous and less `principled' way. This partly explains the paradoxical situation in which, despite a widespread resistance to a general law banning the wearing of religious symbols in public schools, in practice, headscarf prohibitions are on the rise throughout various regions of the country. Although issues of gender equality and cultural diversity often cut and flow across debates and policies in European nation states, the Belgian hijab question provides a unique case, because of various lines of fracture and processes of increasing diversification that characterize Belgian society.
Klassifikation Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
Freie Schlagwörter gender equality; headscarves; multiculturalism; national identity; neutrality of the state; public education;
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2008
Seitenangabe S. 302-321
Zeitschriftentitel Ethnicities, 8 (2008) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796808092445
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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