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

By Emile Chabal

This ebook is an unique and complex ancient interpretation of latest French political tradition. earlier, there were few makes an attempt to appreciate the political effects of the profound geopolitical, highbrow and fiscal alterations that France has passed through because the Nineteen Seventies. although, Emile Chabal's particular research 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. a lot 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 strain among those political languages has develop into the primary battleground of latest French politics. it really is round those poles that politicians, intellectuals and contributors of France's great 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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The transformative narrative: the Republic as laïcité 31 want to dismiss these criticisms entirely; we shall see later how the resurgence of colonial memory has shaped neo-republicanism. Nevertheless, I believe that we should see laïcité first and foremost as a strong, teleological reading of French history. That there is significant historical distortion in the Stasi and HCI reports is beyond doubt. But the construction of laïcité as a republican value in contemporary France cannot simply be seen as an exercise in ‘domination’ or as a thin justification for ‘racism’ or ‘exclusion’.

Nevertheless, I believe that we should see laïcité first and foremost as a strong, teleological reading of French history. That there is significant historical distortion in the Stasi and HCI reports is beyond doubt. But the construction of laïcité as a republican value in contemporary France cannot simply be seen as an exercise in ‘domination’ or as a thin justification for ‘racism’ or ‘exclusion’. Rather, it is a story of republican triumph that rests on partial readings of the Revolution, the Third Republic and the impact of the 1905 law.

It might be tempting to see these differences as just another incarnation of a right–left divide inside neo-republicanism. But a simple right–left equation cannot do justice to this kind of debate; as we shall see, much more sophisticated conceptual tools are required if we are to explain the contemporary writing of the French national narrative. 2 From nouveaux philosophes to nouveaux réactionnaires: Marxism and the Republic It is difficult to understand the rise of neo-republicanism without reference to France’s Marxist intellectual tradition.

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