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Racial or Spatial Categorisations?

A Focus on the French Setting

Magali Bessone

The hypothesis developed in the paper is that the relation between race and space, under-explored in philosophy, is a powerful theoretical instrument for understanding racial injustices and can be used to renew racial categorisation in a more critical, transformative manner. It argues that only constructivism, in its 'interactive constructionism' version (Hacking 1999), can make sense of both concepts in a relevant way for political theory, and provide a general critical frame to study the relation between both concepts, thereby replying to the powerful arguments of racial scepticism. After specifying what such a position entails for the 'race' concept, the paper argues that 'space', itself conceived in a constructionist perspective, is a core element of current referents of 'race' in our folk conceptions. It shows that France, despite its pretence of racial blindness, is not a counter-example, but rather reinforces the hypothesis. Hence, space should be more thoroughly reinvestigated at an epistemological and theoretical level in exploring our racial thinking.

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Francesco Maria Scanni and Francesco Compolongo

of the 15M movement, catalysed that nation's crisis of bipolarism with its denunciation of the privilege and corruption in politics and finance ( Caruso 2014 Della Porta et al. 2017a ; Martin 2015 ; Torreblanca 2015 ). Finally, in France ex

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Christian Ewert

-speaking canton may have much in common with a French-speaking one. In this regard, a lingua franca is necessary but not sufficient. My questions and doubts regarding Lacey's account are mostly conceptual. First, I do not understand the centrifugal force

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From Schmitt to Foucault

Inquiring the Relationship between Exception and Democracy

Sara Raimondi

that the French author combines with power. By discussing the dynamics internal to the exception as a dialectic between power and resistance, the article contends, it is possible to make room for collective decisional action under exception. This

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Alexander Weiss

before and beyond its familiar lineage from Athens and Rome, the Magna Charta and up until the American and French Revolutions. CDT builds on the results of these historical re-descriptions and adds—based on the strong assumption that democratic praxis

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Simon Tormey and Jean-Paul Gagnon

—starting in the late seventeenth century—it’s clear that the real demand there was for greater representation. Look, for example, at what the Levellers (e.g., Foxley 2013 ) or French Revolutionaries (e.g., Hobsbawm 2001 ) demanded. It’s something that

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Leif Lewin

political capacity among the newly enfranchised as a relevant objection to political equality. Writing in the shadow of the French Revolution and deeply shocked by its bloodbath, Mill warned of the consequences of popular power when it spun out of control

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Spencer McKay

available in English and focuses primarily on France with less detailed investigation of the American, German, and Swiss experiences. References Altman , David . 2011 . Direct Democracy Worldwide . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press

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Samuel Moyn and Jean-Paul Gagnon

is, rather, a signal word with many synonyms that all point to a probably endless account of meanings. Any effort to pin democracy down to one meaning is a labour we're frankly warned against! 18 th century French revolutionaries, for instance

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Neoliberalism, the Left and the Rise of the Far Right

On the Political and Ideological Implications of Capitalism's Subordination of Democracy

Costas Panayotakis

, which can be traced back to the momentous events of the French Revolution ( Carlisle 2019 ; Freeden 2003: 40 ). Though the meaning of the contrast between left and right is not static but has evolved over time ( Carlisle 2019 ), not least with the rise