Burkini Bans, Mass Tourism and the Backlash Against Globalized Mobility

A woman at the beach wearing traditional Islamic dress, Marseille, France, Aug. 4, 2016 (AP photo).
A woman at the beach wearing traditional Islamic dress, Marseille, France, Aug. 4, 2016 (AP photo).

PARIS—I left Paris two weeks ago for my annual summer vacation, when bans on burkinis—or modest beach attire for Muslim women—had begun springing up in various seaside cities and towns across France. Though the bans have now been ruled illegal by the country’s highest administrative court, the burkinis were clearly stand-ins for immigration, particularly Muslim immigration, to France and its impact on French culture and identity. By coincidence, the complimentary copy of the International New York Times on my return flight home from Japan included an op-ed by Salvatore Settis on the ravages of mass tourism on Venice. The city […]

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