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  The judicial politics of Burqa Bans in Belgium and Spain: socio‐legal field dynamics and the standardization of justificatory repertoires

Burchardt, M., Yanasmayan, Z., & Koenig, M. (2019). The judicial politics of Burqa Bans in Belgium and Spain: socio‐legal field dynamics and the standardization of justificatory repertoires. Law & Social Inquiry, 44(2), 333-358. doi:10.1111/lsi.12359.

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Burchardt, Marian1, Author              
Yanasmayan, Zeynep2, Author              
Koenig, Matthias1, 3, Author              
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1Fellow Group Governance of Cultural Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, 37073 Göttingen, DE, ou_1520137              
2Department 'Law & Anthropology ', MPI for Social Anthropology, Max Planck Society, ou_907577              
3Institute of Sociology, University of Göttingen, External Organizations, ou_3174713              

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 Abstract: Over the past decade, controversies over Muslim women's face veiling have become increasingly widespread in societies across Europe. This article comparatively explores the socio‐legal dynamics of claims making by proponents and opponents of prohibiting full‐face coverings in Belgium and Spain. In Belgium, a federal ban of full‐face coverings was adopted in July 2011 and, after intensive judicial struggles, received judicial validation by the Constitutional Court in 2012. In Spain, local burqa controversies led to municipal bans in the region of Catalonia in 2010, which were annulled by the Supreme Court in 2013 after effective legal counter‐mobilizations. In spite of the diverging legal outcomes, we argue that justificatory repertoires have become increasingly standardized as burqa controversies are transposed from locally embedded political fields to transnationally structured judicial fields. We suggest that this standardization of justificatory repertoires in the long run facilitates the rapid spread of burqa bans across Europe.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-05
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1111/lsi.12359
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 44 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 333 - 358 Identifier: ZDB: 228721-3
ISSN: 0897-6546
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/0897-6546