In 'Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies,' Yolande Jansen develops a critique of contemporary discourses on secularism and assimilation. Yolande Jansen is postdoctoral researcher in Philosophy and Public Affairs.
Jansen argues that the perspective of assimilating distinct ethno-religious minorities by incorporating them into a secular and supposedly neutral public sphere may be self-subverting, since it can generate and perpetuate the very distinctions it is meant to overcome. To flesh out this insight she borrows from the literature on the paradoxes of assimilation as experienced by the French Jews in the late 19th century, through a contextualised reading of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.
Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies
- Yolande Jansen
- Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014
- ISBN 978 90 89 64596 8