Modesty, liberty, equality: Negotiations of gendered principles of piety among Muslim women who cover

Chapman, M. 2018. Modesty, liberty, equality: Negotiations of gendered principles of piety among Muslim women who cover. Feminism & Psychology . 28 (4), pp. 509-529. doi:10.1177/0959353518789714

TitleModesty, liberty, equality: Negotiations of gendered principles of piety among Muslim women who cover
TypeJournal article
AuthorsChapman, M.
Abstract

This article draws on a qualitative research study with Muslim women who cover to investigate how they represent the Islamic virtue of modesty. The article details findings that Muslim women elaborate modesty as an autonomous labour of ethical self-regulation and a relational virtue that is concerned with devotion to family and the de-sexualisation of day-to-day social interactions. It argues from analysis of representational content and dynamics that these accounts of modesty involve processes of affirming as well as resisting the liberal norms of equality, sexuality and agency that define Muslim veiling in the eyes of others.

KeywordsMuslim veil; headscarf; gender identity; agency; modesty; stigma; social representations
JournalFeminism & Psychology
Journal citation28 (4), pp. 509-529
ISSN0959-3535
Year2018
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscriptModestylibertyequalityNegotiationsofgenderedprinciplesofpietyamongMuslimwomenwhocover.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0959353518789714
Publication dates
Published online06 Aug 2018
Published in print01 Nov 2018

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