“It’s my choice!” : socio-cultural responses to the headscarf from the perspective of veiled women in France, Germany and the Netherlands

Abakar-Kadade, N. (2013) “It’s my choice!” : socio-cultural responses to the headscarf from the perspective of veiled women in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis deals with how societies in France, Germany and the Netherlands react to young Muslim women wearing the veil and how the societal reactions have an influence on the women’s lives. There are ongoing discussions in several European countries with regard to the way in which some Muslim women choose to dress, i.e. covering their whole body or sometimes their head only. The result is that many Muslim women find themselves positioned in the crossfire between their religious identity and domestic state policies of European countries. In this context, the paper will draw on national differences in citizenship models and immigration theories in order to evaluate to what extent the headscarf could be expected to be accommodated in these countries. The paper concludes that while the three countries differ substantially in their citizenship models and in the ways of accommodating the headscarf, they do not differ substantially in their ways of accommodating Muslim women wearing the veil in practice, and that all of the three countries are more or less positive towards women wearing the veil.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63680
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