Jennifer Selby. Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book examines how contemporary secularism in France is positioned as a guarantor of women’s rights. Selby argues that the complex “fetishization” of headscarves in public, governmental, and feminist French discourse positions publicly-visible Muslim women in ways that obscure their engagement with laïcité (French secularism).