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The Nation: Prof. Natalie Deckard on Burkinis and France’s Approach to Minorities

Natalie Delia Deckard
Natalie Delia Deckard

The Nation's article "The Burkini Ban Represents Everything That Is Wrong About France's Approach to Minorities" by Michelle Chen cites the research of Assistant Professor of Sociology Natalie Delia Deckard.

"According to Davidson College sociologist Natalie Deckard, compared to other liberal democracies, France's political identity is framed around uniformity and exclusivity against Otherness:

"‘The French conceive of minority status as a passing phase before assimilation into the French dominant culture.... The French are taking out their aggression against Islam on the usual victims of aggression of any type: the most vulnerable. By asserting control over women's bodies, they are responding to the threat of terrorism by trying to break the will of the fractious Muslim minority,'" Deckard noted.

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