The brackets of recognition: recognition, espionage, camouflage

Elizabeth A. Povinelli

in Democracy in Crisis

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079238
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702123 | DOI:
The brackets of recognition: recognition, espionage, camouflage

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This chapter focuses on the politics of recognition that are so central to contemporary democratic thought. It analyses recognition in terms of its other modalities, espionage and camouflage. It describes the way in which liberal-democratic calls for recognition function to bracket alterity and explains what occurs within the so-called brackets of recognition. The analysis reveals that discourses of belonging in late liberalism produce injustice rather than justice, insofar as belonging is explicitly limited to those who are sufficiently ‘like us’.

Keywords: politics of recognition; democratic thought; espionage; camouflage; bracket alterity; late liberalism; injustice

Chapter.  8408 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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