Nondomination or Practices of Freedom? French Muslim Women, Foucault, and The Full Veil Ban

  title={Nondomination or Practices of Freedom? French Muslim Women, Foucault, and The Full Veil Ban},
  author={In{\'e}s Valdez},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={18 - 30}
  • Inés Valdez
  • Published 1 February 2016
  • Sociology
  • American Political Science Review
This article proposes a conception of freedom understood as practices. Based on Michel Foucault's work on the ethics of the self, I develop a conception of freedom that exceeds liberation and distinguishes between genuine practices of freedom and practices of the self that are unreflective responses to systems of government. I develop and illustrate this conception through an engagement with the recent French ban on full veils in public spaces and the ethnographic literature on European Muslim… 
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