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From Black-Blanc-Beur to Black-Black-Black?

“L'Affaire des Quotas” and the Shattered “Image of 1998” in Twenty-First-Century France

Christopher S. Thompson

Since the mid-1990s, France's national soccer team has been given considerable significance in French debates about post-colonial immigration, national identity, republican citizenship, and the enduring legacies of French imperialism. This article explores the role played by representations of the team in those debates with a particular focus on the so-called “affaire des quotas” of 2010–2011. It argues that those representations reveal that the boundary between the purportedly inclusive civic nationalism of French republicanism according to which any person willing to embrace the duties and rights of democratic citizenship may theoretically become French, and the exclusionary ethnic nationalism of the xenophobic Front national is far less impermeable than is generally assumed in France. Indeed, race and ethnicity inform notions of French citizenship even among persons who reject the essentialist views of the Far Right.

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The Charism of the Christian Left

Dissidence as Habit in a Time of Bi-polar Theopolitics

Neena Mahadev


Through ethnography of recent peaceful dissent by Catholic and Protestant activists, life histories, and a reading of a postcolonial archive of contextually grounded liberation theology, I explore the theopolitics of grace that fuels the habits and habitus of Sri Lanka's ecumenical left. Pluralistic and indigenised forms of Christianity emerged in the era of decolonisation and nationalisation and were emboldened by Vatican II. Distinguishing ecumenical Christian pluralism from evangelical Christian expansion in the region, this article historicises Cold War religiosity, drawing out ‘bi-polar’ contrasts of politically left and right forms of Christian grace. In doing so, I situate religious pluralism within the convulsive era of class and ethnic-based insurrections in Sri Lanka. Analysing the ‘catholicity’, civic nationalism, and post-nationalist self-conceptions held by Sri Lanka's Christian left, I argue that the ‘something extra’ of grace can be fruitfully understood as the cultural accretions and theo-political formations that accrue through localised emplacements of global Christianity.

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Sight and Touch between East and West

Ethics, Ethnography and Social Theory

Liene Ozolina

2014 ). The East European version of nationalism – labelled ‘ethnonationalism’ – is feared as uncivilised and dangerous in comparison to the Western ‘civic nationalism’, even as the former is now becoming mainstream in the old democracies across the

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The New Nationalism?

Antecedents of the Alternative for Germany's Islamfeindlichkeit

J Sterphone

based in liberal-democratic norms and a cultural Christian heritage. This is not to suggest, however, that the AfD draws only from a set of discursive repertoires that we might identify as “civic nationalism.” Indeed, as Rogers Brubaker has compellingly

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From Scottish Independence, to Brexit, and Back Again

Orange Order Ethno-religion and the Awkward Urgency of British Unionism

Joseph Webster

against an evil religious conspiracy masquerading as a morally neutral disagreement over two forms of secular-civic nationalism. In short, while the constitutional question being asked of Scottish voters at polling stations took the form of a binary YES

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Osnat Akirav

people Israel should have civic nationalism Hopeful, positive Hadash-Taal We stand for equality We are against the Occupation We want peace and an Arab-Jewish partnership We are against racism We are facing the political silencing of the Arab

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Innovations in Israel’s Civics Textbooks

Enlightening Trends in Non-Western Democracies

Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Paz Carmel, and Alon Levkowitz

the Jewish state. On the topic of nationalism, the book differentiates between ethno-cultural nationalism—based on the inherent characteristics of groups, such as their history, culture, and religion—and civic nationalism, which is based on groups

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Jean Terrier

acquired intellectually: it can only derive from the concrete first-person experience of a complex life-form over the course of many years ( civic nationalism —a variation of this goes as far as affirming that only the fact of being born into the life

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Beyond (and Before) the Transnational Turn

Recovering Civil Disobedience as Decolonizing Praxis

Erin Pineda

operating wholly within the discursive, ideological, and political boundaries of US civic nationalism and “American universalism.” This maneuver both misconstrues the content and form of Black activism while also severing the US from “the genealogy of