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Lecture 4

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC323H5
Professor
Zachary Levinsky
Semester
Winter

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SOC323        01/27/14 Lecture 4 Outline ­ Burqa ban ­ Reena Virk Case ­ Contemporary legal discourse on race and racism ­ Latimer Case ­ Judith Butler and Sonaura Taylor: On Disability Paper ­ Examine arguments, how critical they seem ­ What do I / don’t I like about the article ­ What don’t I understand ­ Present your issues, your thoughts ­ Discussing with people who already read it, what would you bring? ­ What would the author, a classmate say about what I’m saying? ­ Why should they care about what I am saying? o Convince ­ Analyze ­ Think of it like Schniderman’s paper on Latimer  Burqa Ban ­ coercion o French law’s reaction to something they don’t like  o Islamic religion restricting identity, forcing them into attire ­ law as symbol o French law supposed to be about liberty, equality, but this clearly isn’t  about that  ­ law as rhetoric o The choice: we have the choice to wear less clothing, but not more o This should be a choice o Wearing the burqa by choice is decontextualizing the burqa, we forget the  symbolic, cultural significance of the burqa o We have fought so hard for women’s’ rights, to wear what we want, and a  burqa sets us back on that  Reena Virk – November 1997 ­ Race is everywhere except for the legal decision  ­ Moral panic – symbolizing the growing trend in violence by girls/women ­ Racism against Virk never mentioned, seen as retaliation ­ Whiteness of defense mentioned ­ To the Crown: story of small town loyalty (decontextualizing race of Virk) ­  Virk outsider, visibly different (South Asian, overweight) o Cigarette burn
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