Title: Subjects of debate: secular and sexual exceptionalism, and Muslim women in the Netherlands
Authors: Bracke, Sarah # ×
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Publisher: Feminist Review
Series Title: Feminist Review issue:98 pages:28-46
Abstract: This article attends to the transformation of national identity that occurs in the context of 'the multicultural debate' in the Netherlands, and unfolds on the terrain of Dutch (secular and sexual) exceptionalism. First, it explores the connections between two topics that are prominent in the 'multicultural debates' all over Europe and undergird the civilizational discourse of a post-Cold War geopolitical era: discussions about secularism on the one hand, and gender and sexual politics on the other. Through a mode of 'secular nostalgia', which mobilizes the understanding of the Netherlands as a place par excellence of emancipation for both women and sexual minorities, the Dutch secular arrangement is restructured in new exclusionary ways. Second, it explores how dominant discourses on the symbolic and material borders of the nation interpellate young Muslim women who often figure as the central 'subjects of debate'. I rely on the notion of interpellation (Althusser) to explore the question of subject formation, with a particular attention to the epistemological conditions of 'talking back' as a subject whose constituency and agency is always already informed by the terms in which she is addressed.
ISSN: 0141-7789
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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