Between Republic and Market: Globalization and Identity in Contemporary France

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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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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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"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 "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, Universite Dauphine-PSL, Paris. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. -- W. Safran, emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder * CHOICE * The value of Sarah Waters's book lies in its capacity to open up recent debates about French national identity that have revolved primarily around the questions of immigration, multiculturalism and communitarian tensions. -- Audrey Evrard, Drew University * Contemporary French Civilization *

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