A Divided Republic: Nation, State and Citizenship in by Emile Chabal

By Emile Chabal

This ebook is an unique and complicated old interpretation of latest French political tradition. in the past, there were few makes an attempt to appreciate the political results of the profound geopolitical, highbrow and monetary alterations that France has passed through because the Nineteen Seventies. besides the fact that, Emile Chabal's distinct examine indicates how passionate debates over citizenship, immigration, colonial reminiscence, the reform of the kingdom and the historiography of contemporary France have galvanised the French elite and created new areas for dialogue and war of words. lots of those debates have coalesced round political languages - republicanism and liberalism - either one of which constitution the ancient mind's eye and the symbolic vocabulary of French political actors. the stress among those political languages has develop into the relevant battleground of up to date French politics. it's round those poles that politicians, intellectuals and individuals of France's sizeable civil society have attempted to barter the bold demanding situations of ideological uncertainty and a renewed feel of worldwide lack of confidence.

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336, 2007), pp. 3–7. Mona Ozouf, ‘L’idée républicaine et l’interprétation du passé national’, Annales (Vol. 53, No. 6, 1998), pp. 1075–87. ‘Républicain à la française’ (1992), in Maurice Agulhon, Histoire vagabonde III: La politique en France d’hier et d’aujourd’hui (Paris: Gallimard, 1996), p. 98. The claim that la laïcité is a way of exercising domination over minorities and has concealed racism has been made for instance in Joan Scott’s recent work. See Joan Wallach Scott, The Politics of the Veil (London: Princeton University Press, 2007); and Joan Wallach Scott, ‘Symptomatic Politics: The Banning of Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools’, French Politics, Culture and Society (Vol.

Républicain à la française’ (1992), in Maurice Agulhon, Histoire vagabonde III: La politique en France d’hier et d’aujourd’hui (Paris: Gallimard, 1996), p. 98. The claim that la laïcité is a way of exercising domination over minorities and has concealed racism has been made for instance in Joan Scott’s recent work. See Joan Wallach Scott, The Politics of the Veil (London: Princeton University Press, 2007); and Joan Wallach Scott, ‘Symptomatic Politics: The Banning of Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools’, French Politics, Culture and Society (Vol.

5 Engaging with neo-republicanism meant descending from the ivory tower into the grubby world of TV chat shows and newspaper columns. It therefore provided an ideal means for French intellectuals to reinvent themselves as public commentators. One of the best ways of mapping these transformations is by studying individual trajectories. In the previous chapter, I focused on the role of historians and the writing of history more generally, but here I want to turn my attention to political thought and philosophy.

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