Of bodies and burkinis: institutional Islamophobia, Islamic dress and the colonial condition

Brayson, Kimberley (2018) Of bodies and burkinis: institutional Islamophobia, Islamic dress and the colonial condition. Journal Of Law And Society. ISSN 0263-323X (Accepted)

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The 2016 burkini controversy and the criminalisation of visibly Muslim women in France is a violent reminder of the precarity of colonial bodies in public space. These laws demonstrate the ongoing management of colonial bodies and communities which speaks over time from historical colonisation to present, and future, neocolonial narratives. This article moves beyond the dominant logics of security and gender oppression in the Islamic dress debate which, it is argued, are invoked in a strategic manner to obfuscate the colonial condition and engender a normative, institutional Islamophobia in the public-political imaginary. The article critiques the instrumental use of law in creating political space for such agendas and analyses the whiteness of public space and institutions. The article insists that it is necessary to acknowledge the epistemic lens of the colonial condition in the Islamic dress debate and critically reflects on the alienation and reduced capacity for action of bodies wearing Islamic dress.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Gender Studies
Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research
Sussex European Institute
Depositing User: Kimberley Brayson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 12:55
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 12:18
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80509

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