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The emergence of discourse on multiculturalism in Spain: the veil debate in the press

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Author(s): Abella Vázquez, Carlos Manuel

Journal: Athenea digital
ISSN 1578-8946

Issue: 11;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: multiculturalism | veil debate | discourse analysis | press

ABSTRACT
he veil debate is a paradigmatic example of the complicated political, social and media issue raised by multiculturalism. In this article I analyze the main arguments in favour and against the use of hijab in general, and specifically to its use in school. At the same time, I will examine the Spanish debate on the veil, which took place in 2002, when Fatima, a Moroccan girl, tried to attend school wearing the hijab. I will centre my analysis on editorials published by the three main Spanish newspapers.

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