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.
|Title of host publication||The French exception|
|Editors||Emmanuel Godin, Tony Chafer|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|