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From Revolution to Tunisianité: Who is the Tunisian People?

From Revolution to Tunisianité: Who is the Tunisian People? 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Middle East Law and Governance Brill

From Revolution to Tunisianité: Who is the Tunisian People?

Middle East Law and Governance , Volume 8 (2-3): 131 – Nov 28, 2016

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Brill
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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1876-3367
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1876-3375
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10.1163/18763375-00802002
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Abstract

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.

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Middle East Law and GovernanceBrill

Published: Nov 28, 2016

Keywords: Tunisian revolution ; Tunisian people ; tunisianité ; hegemony ; compromise

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