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French society drastically changed in April 2011 with the implementation of âLaw of the Uncovered Face.â This law prohibits any article of clothing, religious or no, from covering the face, excluding safety and sporting equipment. The Muslim population of France is the religious group most affected, spurring many discussions about underlying motives for passing this legislation. Most of the Muslims in France today emigrated from former colonies of the French empire. This particular research looks at this relationship in a modern context, and examines what remaining colonial ties could exist within French society by comparing it with past legislation, legislative behaviors in France, what gendered implications exist and the colonial relationships that ended in the late 1900s.

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Honors Thesis

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Simanti Dasgupta

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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


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Banning the Burqa: France and the specter of Colonialism