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This chapter conceptualizes bareness in a contemporary context where the dialectic between seeing and being seen or unseen has defined social recognition. To analyze this new regime of civility, it looks at the recent European “veil wars.” How have the right to see and the privilege to disappear generated a norm of Western citizenship? Some faces “made bare” become socially vulnerable, and laws that prohibit concealing the face in public have contributed to constructing minorities as veiled and thus as conspirators the state must unveil. Simultaneously, an allegorical representation of justice with a visible yet blindfolded face has coexisted with...

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