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(Un-)veiling the west: Burkini-gate, Princess Hijab and dressing as struggle for postsecular integration

Journal article
Authors Linda Berg
Mikela Lundahl
Published in Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 263-283
ISSN 2000-1525
Publication year 2016
Published at School of Global Studies
Pages 263-283
Language en
Keywords Veils, Un/veiling, France, Secularity, Burkini-gate, Princess Hijab, Integration, Freedom
Subject categories International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, Ethnology, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies


The ban of the burkini in the summer of 2016 in France is the latest stage in a long political history, where the French depreciation or fear of the veil, and of Islam, has come to play a more significant role since the end of the cold war. Unveiling female bodies at the beach in Nice expose conditioned values of the French republic. In this context, drawing black veils on public advertisements becomes a performative act commenting on consumerism, religion, secularity, and the imagined Muslim woman. In this article we discuss freedom and integration in “third spaces” via an analysis of “hijabisation” in street art and the official reactions against certain types of beachwear. In line with Talal Asad (2006) we want to raise the issue on how the secular state addresses the pain of people who are obliged to give up part of their religious identity to become acceptable. Race-thinking was once an explicit part of celebrated values like modernity, secularity, democracy and human rights. However, the fact that the idea of races has been erased from articulations of Western nations and international bodies does not mean that traces of race-thinking in the heritage from the enlightenment are gone. By following Princess Hijab and the “Burkini-gate” a nationalist fantasy intertwined with the idea of the secular state reveals itself and acts of un/dressing emerge as signs of integration revealing a challenged imperialist paradigm.

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