Gender differences in the acceptance of the Muslim headscarf

TitleGender differences in the acceptance of the Muslim headscarf
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSarrasin, O
EditorFaniko, K, Lorenzi-Cioldi, F, Sarrasin, O, Mayor, E
Book TitleGender and Social Hierarchies: Perspectives from social psychology
Place PublishedNew York, USA
Keywordsattitudes, gender, headscarf, Muslim

Based on data from the 2011 Swiss post-electoral survey Selects (N = 1531), we examined gender differences in the acceptance of the headscarf. On the one hand, women’s greater support for multiculturalism may translate into positive attitudes toward the headscarf as an expression of tolerance towards diversity. On the other hand, women may not approve of a garment often presented as a symbol of patriarchal oppression. Our results gave weight to the former assumption: Swiss women expressed a greater support to the Muslim headscarf than Swiss men, and they did so because they held more left-wing and multicultural ideologies.

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