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Hanovská, L. (2022). Citizenship as Equaliberty Practice in the Philosophy of Étienne Balibar. In: Holma, K., Kontinen, T. (eds) Learning, Philosophy, and African Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Citizenship as equaliberty practice in the philosophy of Étienne Balibar

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Author: Hanovská, Lenka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-07-05


This chapter provides an interpretation of Balibar’s concept of citizenship introduced in his major philosophical works Citizenship (2015) and Equaliberty: political essays (2014). It is an effort to bring up a positive shape of citizenship out of Balibar’s philosophy even though it resists a positive conceptualization as a critique. This chapter departs from the meaning of negativity and antinomy in Balibar’s oeuvres, continues via interpretation of historical events which have shaped citizenship in Balibar’s perspective, and finally results in a positive assumption about citizenship defined as a form of historical practice which opposes the institutionalized realms in order to install an equal community in changing historical conditions. Balibar’s reflections on citizenship occur especially in relation to a universal community, an envisaged aim of modernity and a condition of possibility of a contemporary globalized world.

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ISBN: 978-3-030-94882-5
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-94881-8
Pages: 77 - 96
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-94882-5_5
Host publication: Learning, Philosophy, and African Citizenship
Host publication editor: Holma, Katariina
Kontinen, Tiina
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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