The limits of post-national citizenship: European Muslims, human rights and the hijab

Edmunds, June (2012) The limits of post-national citizenship: European Muslims, human rights and the hijab. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35 (7). pp. 1181-1199. ISSN 0141-9870

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Innovative approaches to citizenship emerged in the 1990s. Post-national theory suggested that European minorities no longer needed national citizenship because supra-national political structures such as the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) offered them protections. Denationalized citizenship held that universal human rights were now available at the national level too as the Council of Europe's member countries had to incorporate human rights principles within their own jurisdictions. New forms of claims-making among European Muslims were cited as evidence of this trend as religious claims, especially relating to the hijab, began to be made through human rights litigation. This paper demonstrates the limits of post-nationalism through a discussion of the outcomes of such claims. While European Muslims are indeed mobilizing around human rights, there is no evidence - at the level of litigation - that this has helped them to win recognition of their religious or cultural rights. This paper explores the reasons for this

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Activism; citizenship; cosmopolitanism;headscarf; Muslims; Europe
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Aneira Edmunds
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 12:25
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 12:16

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