Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology

The Political Psychology of the Veil

The Impossible Body

Authors: Ghumkhor, Sahar

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  • Combines notions of psychoanalysis and postcolonial theory to analyse the desire to know
  • Goes beyond epistemology to the preoccupation with the body and its nexus with liberal freedoms
  • Investigates the psycho-political nature of racism
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Veiled women in the West appear menacing. Their visible invisibility is a cause of obsession. What is beneath the veil more than a woman? This book investigates the preoccupation with the veiled body through the imaging and imagining of Muslim women. It examines the relationship between the body and knowledge through the politics of freedom as grounded in a ‘natural’ body, in the index of flesh. The impulse to unveil is more than a desire to free the Muslim woman. What lies at the heart of the fantasy of saving the Muslim woman is the West’s desire to save itself. The preoccupation with the veiled woman is a defense that preserves neither the object of orientalism nor the difference embodied in women’s bodies, but inversely, insists on the corporeal boundaries of the West’s mode of knowing and truth-making. The book contends that the imagination of unveiling restores the West’s sense of its own power and enables it to intrude where it is ‘other’ – thus making it the centre and the agent by promising universal freedom, all the while stifling the question of what freedom is.

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Sahar Ghumkhor teaches and researches in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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“A lucid and devastating analysis of the psychic and political fantasies that fix Muslim veiling/ unveiling as obsessive affective images in Western media in a world driven by ideologies of national and global security, anxieties about immigration and multiculturalism, and liberal promises of freedom, women’s rights, and human rights.” (Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia University, USA, and author of Do Muslim Women Need Saving?)

“This is a brilliant piece of work... It is a critical ‘dangerous supplement’ to the discourse on the veil.” (Jaco Barnard-Naudé, Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Centre for Rhetoric Studies in the Department of Private Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Psychology of the Veil
Book Subtitle
The Impossible Body
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32061-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32061-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32060-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 274
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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