Sami Zemni explains how, after Ben Ali’s escape, the discovery of a conflict-ridden society led to a polarized debate about the definition of the Tunisian people. The discourse on tunisianité served as a hegemonic discourse that was meant to help bridging the gap between opposing views on who or what constitutes the people. However, tunisianité and the call for the restoration of the state’s prestige ( haybat addawla ) also signaled the possibility of political closure; i.e. the rejection and de-legitimization of political subjectivities that do not subscribe to this view of national identity.
Middle East Law and Governance – Brill
Published: Nov 28, 2016
Keywords: Tunisian revolution ; Tunisian people ; tunisianité ; hegemony ; compromise