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The Crisis of Representation

in Parité!

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226741079
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226741093 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226741093.003.0002
The Crisis of Representation

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This chapter discusses the crisis of representation during one of the movements which offered a challenge to the French representative democracy in the 1990s by demanding a recognition of difference—that is, the mouvement pour la parité. The paritaristes' goal was to gain equal access for women as representatives of the French nation. Although there were few direct references to international pressures and to Europeanization, there was a prevailing sense that the national sovereignty was being challenged at its core. The challenge came from two directions. The first was from the growing population of the people of the North African origin, a postcolonial phenomenon that exposed the inadequacies of cultural assimilation as a route to French citizenship. The second challenge was internal to the political system itself: politicians seemed cut off from the citizens whose mandate they held.

Keywords: parité; Europeanization; cultural assimilation

Chapter.  10822 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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