Bearers of tradition or oppressed minority?
Women as citizens
in Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France
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This chapter examines the special position women hold in a discussion of minority rights. They are seen as victims who need rescuing or as sexual exotic beings. This was as true under colonialism as it is now, particularly with regard to Muslim women. The logic of “civilising” is inherent to this logic, particularly expressed around what is seen as an inferior culture. Feminists are not exempt from this attitude. I examine the politics around the veiling issue in France, and forced marriages in Britain, as examples of this trend.

Postcolonial minorities in Britain and France

In the hyphen of the nation-state


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