Between Republic and Market: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary France

Hardcover | August 2, 2012

bySarah Waters

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The rise of neo-liberal globalisation has posed major challenges for all European countries, identifying itself as the key political tension of the coming era. Yet, it is in France that globalisation has produced the deepest tensions, and it is here that it has generated its greatest political resistance.
The author pursues two separate lines of enquiry. First, she considers the influence of French political tradition and an enduring legacy of republicanism in shaping contemporary opposition. If globalisation poses a greater ideological threat in France than elsewhere, this is because it comes into conflict with the foundational values and symbols of the French Republic. Secondly, she examines contemporary French opposition as a site for political and ideological renewal. Many critics now agree that it is within this emergent movement, rather than within traditional parties, that new forms of political practice and ideology are being invented.

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The rise of neo-liberal globalisation has posed major challenges for all European countries, identifying itself as the key political tension of the coming era. Yet, it is in France that globalisation has produced the deepest tensions, and it is here that it has generated its greatest political resistance. The author pursues two separa...

Sarah Waters is currently Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Leeds. She publishes widely on the theory and practice of French social movements and has received rave reviews for her recent Social Movements in France: Towards a New Citizenship, Palgrave, 2003.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 2, 2012Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781441128416

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Acknowledgements1. Introduction: Republic against Market2. Globalisation and French Identity3. Political Leaders: A New Civilising Mission?4. French Intellectuals: A War of Worlds5. A l'Attac. A New Political Identity for the Left6. Agriculture and Identity: the Confédération paysanne7. ConclusionBibliography

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"A decade ago the French were collectively obsessed with globalisation, which politicians vilified all across the political spectrum, and France was at the epicenter of the anti-globalisation movement. Today, France is less exceptional in its relation to globalisation, not because the French grew tired of their obsession, but because the rest of the developed world rallied around the same fears, disillusions, and identity crisis. Between Republic and Market convincingly explains why France had the greatest difficulty in reconciling globalization with national identity and illuminates the ideological and political struggles that have carried over in the post-2008 financial crisis, deep-into-euro crisis world." -Sophie Meunier Aitsahalia, Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School. Lecturer in Public and International Affairs