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Identity Politics and the « National Framework »

Until the transformation into departments of France’s former colonies,
their inhabitants had essentially chosen to demand an equal citizenship
within the French community. This choice had always been inspired
more by the ideal of the Republic than by the desire to belong to the
Nation, whatever the latter might be. This demand having not been
granted, the hope of full citizenship has been replaced by a deep
disillusion. Whereas the negritude movement was the underlying cultural
support of the project of political assimilation to the French
Republic understood as the eradication of colonial inequality, the
identity movements and demands which have replaced it in the West
Indies are the result of the disillusionment with the departmentalization,
to which the only remedy is seen as the assertion of their own
identity. Hence the superficiality of the political thought that accompany
these demands, a superficiality that might, in fact, represent the
strategic choice, inspired by the interest of a certain elite, of a sovereignty
articulated essentially in term of identity.


Référence électonique : GIRAUD Michel, "Identity Politics and the « National Framework »", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°113, 113 - L’outre-mer, p. . Consulté le 2020-05-29 06:22:03 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Identity-Politics-and-the-National.html