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Critical Republicanism: The Hijab Controversy and Political Philosophy

Cécile Laborde


This book conducts the first comprehensive philosophical analysis of the hijab controversy in France, this book also conducts a dialogue between contemporary Anglo-American and French political theory and defends a progressive republican solution to so-called multicultural conflicts in contemporary societies. It critically assesses the official republican philosophy of laïcité which purported to justify the 2004 ban on religious signs in schools. Laïcité is shown to encompass a comprehensive theory of republican citizenship, centered on three ideals: equality (secular neutrality of the public ... More

Keywords: republicanism, hijab controversy, affaire du foulard, multiculturalism, secularism, non-domination, feminism, solidarity, integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550210
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cécile Laborde, author
Reader in Political Theory, University College London.
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