Between Republic and Market: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary France

Paperback | 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 FrenchRepublic. 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 separ...

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:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.03 × 6.05 × 0.52 inPublished:August 2, 2012Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441172084

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Republic against Market 2. Globalisation and French Identity 3. Political Leaders: A New Civilising Mission? 4. French Intellectuals: A War of Worlds 5. A l'Attac. A New Political Identity for the Left 6. Agriculture and Identity: the Conf¿d¿ration paysanne 7. Conclusion Bibliography

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"Between Republic and Market: Globalisation and Identity in Contemporary France" is an excellent tour guide through the french altermondialiste movement during the past decade. Sarah Waters especially provides an original analysis of the processes that link¿ the resistance to globalization to the republican conception of the national identity. She emphasizes the¿ consequences of this movement on¿ french and international politics, but also highlights its contradictions. - Eric Agrikoliansky, Universit¿ Dauphine-PSL, Paris.