Exceptionalism and universalism: the uneasy alliance in the French-speaking world

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The notion of French exceptionalism is at the heart of French political discourse and culture. Yet it sits in an uneasy alliance with another concept, equally central to the dominant French republican ideology - that of univeralism. This chapter explores the contradictions constituting the couplet exceptionalism/univarsalism, with particular reference to discourses articulating relations between France and its present and former colonies. It will look at the evolution of these discourses, as well as examine contemporary shifts and modifications in relation to what is known as the francophone world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe French exception
EditorsEmmanuel Godin, Tony Chafer
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781845450458
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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