• “Hijab as Commodity Form: Veiling, Unveiling, and Misveiling in Contemporary Iran,” Feminist Theory

    Author(s):
    Rebecca Ruth Gould (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Feminist Humanities, Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    Critical theory, Feminism, Feminist criticism, Feminist theory, Gender, Gender and sexuality, Islam, Marxism, Marxist sociology, Women
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    clothing, women and gender
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6GZ85
    Abstract:
    This article considers how state-mandated veiling and unveiling reinforce modern capitalism. State regulations regarding veiling incorporate the female body into the political economy of the commodity form. In addition to serving as an empty signifier to be filled with exchange value for the male observer, the veil operates as an ideological apparatus of the state. In showing how the fault lines of political agency are inscribed into the veil, I argue that subverting its commodity function radically relativises its meaning. Because the veil is an empty signifier lacking intrinsic content, its meaning must be determined contingently. By combining a critique of secular discrimination against veiling with a critique of state-mandated veiling, I show how the veil is incorporated into the capitalist world-system.
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