Liberté, Égalité, Laïcité?: Defining French National Identity

Abbot, Adair (2014) Liberté, Égalité, Laïcité?: Defining French National Identity. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Anne Quinney from Modern Languages, The University of Mississippi.

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The French notion of laïcité, or secularism, originating from the French Revolution, today is engrained in the sense of French National Identity. In modern French society, this idea of laïcité is especially important in classrooms, which are seen as public, secular spaces where national identity is transmitted. This has created many problems with the recent increase in immigrants to France from traditionally Muslim North African countries, as demonstrated by the controversial headscarf ban in 2004. This thesis further examines these tensions in analyzing the Charte de Laïcité, issued by the government to be posted in all French public schools in September 2013. Using these tools, I ultimately try to answer the question: Can someone truly be both Muslim and French?

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Abbot, Adair
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies and French
Thesis Advisor: Anne Quinney
Thesis Advisor's Department: Modern Languages
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JZ International relations
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 19:35
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 19:35

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