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Pierre Rosanvallon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149486

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.001.0001

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The Politics of Presence

The Politics of Presence

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(p.187) Chapter Eleven The Politics of Presence
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Democratic Legitimacy
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Pierre Rosanvallon

, Arthur Goldhammer
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.003.0012

This chapter explores a new politics of presence, which takes on a variety of forms. For society itself presence is a new way of understanding what belongs to the realm of the political. It has also given rise to a “new militancy of presence,” the role of which has grown as traditional representative organizations have declined. Charitable organizations long served to “educate the social gaze,” but in recent years many other groups have begun to fill this role. For example, there are groups that specialize in publicizing the plight of the children of illegal immigrants threatened with expulsion, and other groups that take up the cause of laid-off workers. The role of these groups is not simply to defend the interests of the people they represent. It is rather to give them social existence, to bring them recognition as a community, and to raise their plight as a political issue.

Keywords:   presence, representation, identity politics, political representatives, social gaze, social existence

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