<i>Equality Among the Refugees: Montréal's</i> Sans-statuts <i>Algerian Movement</i>

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639823
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671724 | DOI:
Equality Among the Refugees: Montréal's Sans-statuts Algerian Movement

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This chapter discusses the movement of refugees from the Algerian civil war for citizenship in Montréal, Canada. It reviews the idea of the presupposition of equality as clearly as the US civil rights movement of the 1960s did. For Jacques Rancière, politics concerns action that emerges from a framework of equality. The political movement on behalf of and led by the sans-statuts was a movement that presupposed the equality of anyone and everyone. Democratic political movements take place in resistance to a police order where many of the resources and much of the power lie with those against whom they struggle. The movement of the sans-statuts was, and to a lesser extent continues to be, the creation of precisely an insubstantial community.

Keywords: sans-statuts; refugees; Algerian civil war; citizenship; Montréal; Jacques Rancière; democratic political movements; equality; US civil rights

Chapter.  7168 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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