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Democracy in CrisisViolence, Alterity, Community$
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Stella Gaon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079238

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079238.001.0001

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The brackets of recognition: recognition, espionage, camouflage

The brackets of recognition: recognition, espionage, camouflage

(p.110) 5 The brackets of recognition: recognition, espionage, camouflage
Democracy in Crisis

Elizabeth A. Povinelli

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the politics of recognition that are so central to contemporary democratic thought. It analyses recognition in terms of its other modalities, espionage and camouflage. It describes the way in which liberal-democratic calls for recognition function to bracket alterity and explains what occurs within the so-called brackets of recognition. The analysis reveals that discourses of belonging in late liberalism produce injustice rather than justice, insofar as belonging is explicitly limited to those who are sufficiently ‘like us’.

Keywords:   politics of recognition, democratic thought, espionage, camouflage, bracket alterity, late liberalism, injustice

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