The Limits of Populism: Accommodative headscarf policies in Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands
Title: The Limits of Populism: Accommodative headscarf policies in Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands
Citation: Sieglinde ROSENBERGER and Birgit SAUER (eds), Politics, Religion and Gender: Framing and Regulating the Veil, Abingdon/New York, Routledge, 2012, Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics, 132-149
ISBN: 978-0-415-56148-8; 9780203181058
The presence of Islam and Muslim practices are a matter of fierce contestation in many immigration receiving states in Western Europe. As a consequence of this politicization many European policy makers have decided to restrict the wearing of the female Muslim headscarf. Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands contradict this trend. Despite the fact, that all the three countries have strong right-wing political parties, they have regulated the headscarf in the mid-2000s in a accommodative manner. This article gives an overview about the policy regulations in place and analyzes this puzzling phenomenon.
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