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From Schmitt to Foucault

Inquiring the Relationship between Exception and Democracy

Sara Raimondi

Schmitt pointed out that exception “suspends the constitution in concreto in order to protect […] its concrete form” (2014: 118). Exception, therefore, does not endanger democratic foundations in its assumptions. Almost the opposite, it offers a

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The Other French Exception

Virtuous Racism and the War of the Sexes in Postcolonial France

Nacira Guénif-Souilamas

Twentieth-century France invented for itself an "exception" that successfully preserved the French culture industry. Postcolonial France is experiencing another "French exception" that renders a "virtuous racism" commonplace and legitimates the discrimination that expresses this racism by identifying the undesirable "new French" as scapegoat figures. Four gender-specific stereotypes strengthen the belief that there is a form of sexism exclusive to the segregated neighborhoods of the suburbs that are inhabited primarily by French people of immigrant and colonial descent. Associated with the central figure of the garçon arabe are the beurette, the veiled Muslim French woman, and the secular Muslim. The article argues that the model of abstract, universalist France has become one of a fundamentalist republicanism that plays diverse expressions of otherness and singular identities off of one another in order to preserve a soft regime of oppression.

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The Corrupt State of Exception

Agamben in the Light of Putin

Jakob Rigi

This article revisits Agamben's concept of 'state of exception'. It argues that the postmodern state of exception is exercised not through the suspension of law, as Agamben suggests and as was the case with modern sovereignty, but through the counterfeiting of legality. The counterfeiting of law, which corrupts its meaning, is part of the broader 'corruption of sign' in the postmodern political-cultural economy. The article first details an extended case of counterfeiting of legality in the practices of business raiding, commonly termed reiderstvo, in Russia. It then describes and analyzes the main features of what I call the 'corrupt state of exception' in Russia. The article concludes with a few remarks on the paradigmatic nature of the state of exception in Russia and its consequences for legal and political anthropology.

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The Exceptions to the Rule

Jews in Shakespeare’s England

Cynthia Seton-Rogers

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History has largely ignored Anglo-Jewish history in the years between the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290 and their readmittance in 1656 by Cromwell. This article revisits that period and disputes the misconception that the Period of Expulsion left England without any Jews for nearly 400 years. Although the small Jewish population ebbed and flowed with the rising and waning tides of English anti-Jewish hostilities, it nevertheless persevered. This article highlights some of the more well-known and thus well-documented of these Jews, the majority of whom were Crypto-Jews of Spanish or Portuguese origin.

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Hospitality

A Timeless Measure of Who We Are?

Elena Isayev

framed as the exception that needs explaining, rather than its opposite. Cicero’s powerful statement that to deny outsiders access to the city is inhuman echoes this sentiment. Such an outlook fits a society in which mobility was perceived as an everyday

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Alison K. Smith

sentence went on to give an exception: “If any of them, having been at the factories, learned some sort of craft, then for such a one pay his owner 50 rubles as in the above mentioned point 15.” 33 Point 15, immediately after saying that factory workers

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Catalin Brylla and Mette Kramer

yet significantly converged. The few scholarly exceptions to this lacuna are acknowledged and highlighted as significant landmarks for establishing a pragmatic, interdisciplinary discourse. This is followed by the proposition of a research framework

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Managing a Multiplicity of Interests

The Case of Irregular Migration from Libya

Melissa Phillips

; Raineri 2017 ). Libya is no exception, and in addition to the investment in border technology, there has been a proliferation of detention centers since the revolution. In the early 2000s, detention center funding came directly from the EU or from Italy

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Jonathan Magonet

The journal has rarely published articles on Jewish music – one honourable exception being the article by Professor Alfred Fisher on Schoenberg (Autumn 1999). In the current issue we seek to remedy this gap with a preliminary venture into the field. As a non-specialist journal we cast our net quite wide and are particularly grateful to our Poetry Editor Ruth Fainlight for her contacts.

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A Booming City in the Far North

Demographic and Migration Dynamics of Yakutsk, Russia

Svetlana Sukneva and Marlene Laruelle

Many cities of Russia’s Far North face a massive population decline, with the exception of those based on oil and gas extraction in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Yet, there is one more exception to that trend: the city of Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, whose population is booming, having grown from 186,000 in 1989 to 338,000 in 2018, This unique demographic dynamism is founded on the massive exodus of the ethnic Yakut population from rural parts of the republic to the capital city, a process that has reshaped the urban cultural landscape, making Yakutsk a genuine indigenous regional capital, the only one of its kind in the Russian Far North.