Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

4. The Myths of France, Periodization, and Sovereign Power

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Stephanie Frank [+-]
Columbia College Chicago
Stephanie Frank is Lecturer in Religion and Humanities at Columbia College Chicago, where she has developed the institution's first religious studies curriculum. Her work addresses the modern reconfigurations of religion that generally have been grouped under the term 'secularization.'


Building on Fernando’s discussion of ‘la république' and laïcité as myth, this essay incorporates Bruce Lincoln’s theory of myth as narrative of the “deep past” to suggest that the depth of this deep past derives from a sort of rupture installed between the mythic past and the present. Invoking Kathleen Davis’ work on the way the discontinuity of periodizations grounds sovereignty, the essay analyzes the ruptures in the French political imaginary to hypothesize that the myths Fernando identifies not only provide political impetus for the regulation of Islam in France but also found the power by which the state undertakes this regulation.

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Frank, Stephanie . 4. The Myths of France, Periodization, and Sovereign Power. Fabricating Difference. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 54-60 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781794876. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30319. Date accessed: 28 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30319. Jul 2017

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