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Official Republicanism, Solidarity, and the Hijab

Cécile Laborde

in Critical Republicanism

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550210
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550210.003.0008

Series: Oxford Political Theory

Official Republicanism, Solidarity, and the Hijab

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Chapter 8 introduces the official republican case for requiring minorities to endorse national identity and to privatise their cultural and religious differences, in the name of civic, inter-ethnic solidarity. It first argues that historically, republican solidarity had non-ethnic foundations, but relied on fairly high levels of cultural convergence, as shared nationality was expected to function as a civic and democratic bond. It then shows how the historical model of national assimilation served as a template for the integration of immigrants and their children in the 1980s. Finally, it suggests that the public wearing of hijab has been perceived by official republicans as a symptom of a crisis of the national model of integration, one that sets divisive identity politics against the republican politics of inclusive solidarity.

Keywords: nationality; patriotism; solidarity; assimilation; immigrant integration; multiculturalism; identity politics

Chapter.  11799 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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