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ERIC Number: EJ915290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0141-6200
"Laicite" in Practice: The Representations of French Teenagers
Massignon, Berengere
British Journal of Religious Education, v33 n2 p159-172 Mar 2011
Focusing on the results of the REDCo (Religion in Education: a Contribution to Dialogue or a Factor of Conflict in Transforming Societies of European Countries) research, this publication sets out how French pupils conceive of "laicite", both generally and in school. It also explores pupils' perceptions of the 2004 law banning the wearing of ostentatious religious symbols in state schools and their perceptions of the current arrangements for dealing with pupils' religiously motivated requests (e.g. absence for religious reasons, religious dietary requirements in school canteens). Finally, questions concerning if and how pupils have interiorised the principle of "laicite" are considered. Does it still have a militant tone, with a kernel of anticlericalism and often anti-religious views? To conclude, it is shown that secondary pupils share a ""laicite" of proximity" which is neither how the state interprets "laicite", nor how it is used in ideological debates. (Contains 1 note and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France