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Circumcising the body: Negotiating Difference and Belonging in Germany

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posted on 25.04.2019, 14:08 by Irit Dekel, Bernhard Forchtner, Ibrahim Efe
The circumcision debate in Germany in 2012 is an exemplary case for symbolic struggles over national boundaries. The debate became a site for the negotiation of traditions practiced by religious minorities. We ask, first, how the clinical gaze constitutes Muslim and Jewish others. Second, we investigate how ‘writing around’ the debate’s center, bodily integrity, became meaningful through analogies to other practices said to harm it. We compare newspaper coverage in Germany, Israel and Turkey, and reveal transnational discursive dynamics that transgress national boundaries. We show how ‘otherness’ of Muslims and Jews remains present in a self-perceived secular, liberal imaginary.

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Citation

National Identities, 2019

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media, Communication and Sociology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

National Identities

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

1460-8944

Acceptance date

28/03/2019

Copyright date

2019

Publisher version

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14608944.2019.1603218

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Language

en