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The Miniskirt and the Veil

Islam, Secularism, and Women's Fashion in the New Europe

Kristen Ghodsee

This article examines another European iteration of the headscarf debate, this time in postcommunist Bulgaria, the European Union member with the largest Muslim minority. Bulgaria is a country that has always been at a crossroads between East and West, and women's bodies and their fashion choices have increasingly become the symbols of the "backward Orient" or the "corrupt and decadent West" for those on either side of an ongoing national identity crisis. For the Orthodox Christian/Secular majority, the headscarf represents all that is troubling about the country's Ottoman past and Islam's presumed oppression of women. For a growing number of Bulgarian Muslims, the miniskirt has come to represent the shameless commodification of women's bodies and the moral bankruptcy of global capitalism.

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From Exoticism to Authenticity

Textbooks during French Colonization and the Modern Literature of Global Tourism

Claudine Moïse

, through its commodification. 41 Therefore, by valuing authenticity, beyond promoting the recognition of a group, one gives economic and market-added value. Thus globalization, an era devoted to economy and profit, through the uses it makes of a

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Elizabeth S. Leet

as easily as her fictive flesh.” 16 Chivalric tales frequently refigure this objectification and commodification of female characters. By focusing on the female body as the woman’s principal sphere of influence over and above her speech or actions

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Blake Ewing

compete or struggle with each other.” 53 To move from historical to political theory, we see that in relation to the politicization of our horizons is an adjacent durational politics—of the clock, the calendar, and time’s commodification. 54 There is

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Paul Apostolidis, William E. Connolly, Jodi Dean, Jade Schiff, and Romand Coles

), Melinda Cooper argues that revolutions in evolutionary experiments, stem cell research, crop experimentation, and pharmaceuticals have become bound up with debt imperialism and the more refined commodifications of living nature. She contends that the new

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Beyond the Myth of Lesbian Montmartre

The Case of Chez Palmyre

Leslie Choquette

the “commodification of delinquent pleasure.” 7 Bars of all sorts proliferated at the end of the nineteenth century as a result of the law of 17 July 1880 instating liberty of commerce for retailers of alcohol. Queer bar owners had an easier time in