Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

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Wallach Scott


The Politics of Veil

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Joan Wallach Scott who traces her intellectual odyysey and recalls the impact of the women's movement on her research and teaching. Professor Scott also describes the intellectual influences that led her, more than twenty years ago, to write the now classic article, "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical analysis." The conversation continues with a discussion of the utility of critical history for elucidating contemporary policy debates. This part of the discussion focuses on her recent book The Politics of the Veil, an analysis of the political, cultural, and social factors that led to the French ban on the wearing of the veil by Muslim young women in public schools.

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