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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256105

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256105.001.0001

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(p.33) 9 Nations

Jean-Luc Nancy

, François Raffoul
Fordham University Press

In chapter nine, Nancy explores the concept of an identity that a people are, for a people do not have an identity. Nancy then allows for the concept of identity, but in a different light: a nation displays the structure of selfhood, a relation to self by which one identifies oneself. One does not refer to a pre-existing identity (a given identity), one identifies oneself and invents oneself (distinguishes oneself) in an original praxis. Nancy sees such invented identity in the notion of habitus. Nancy then draws the contrasts and tensions between the concepts of “nation” and “people,” showing the irreducibility of the latter to the former: an identity is an act, not an entity.

Keywords:   Identity, Nation, People

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