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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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Causes and Consequences

Causes and Consequences

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Causes and Consequences
Source:
Identity
Author(s):

Jean-Luc Nancy

, François Raffoul
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256105.003.0002

In chapter 1, Nancy resituates this debate on identity by recalling the economic and social factors playing in the question of identity and national identity. H argues that the current questions on identity are motivated by the socio-economic misery. In such a context, one is tempted to return to a micro-identity, itself the product of an exclusion from a national identity. Nancy makes the point that it is not the French identity that is threatened (as the Sarkozy government implied by that project of a debate on “national identity”); rather, one witnesses a disintegration of identity, a “de-identification of what is called ‘civilization’.” It is globalization that puts all identities into question, remixing them and recasting them. Traditional identities are thus exposed to a transformation, because they are caught in a global economic system that disrupts them.

Keywords:   Socio-economic misery, Civilization, Globalization, French identity, Micro-identity

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