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Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques RancièreEquality in Action$
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Todd May

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639823

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.001.0001

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Equality Among the Refugees: Montréal's Sans-statuts Algerian Movement

Equality Among the Refugees: Montréal's Sans-statuts Algerian Movement

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(p.29) 2 Equality Among the Refugees: Montréal's Sans-statuts Algerian Movement
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Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière
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Todd May

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.003.0002

This chapter discusses the movement of refugees from the Algerian civil war for citizenship in Montréal, Canada. It reviews the idea of the presupposition of equality as clearly as the US civil rights movement of the 1960s did. For Jacques Rancière, politics concerns action that emerges from a framework of equality. The political movement on behalf of and led by the sans-statuts was a movement that presupposed the equality of anyone and everyone. Democratic political movements take place in resistance to a police order where many of the resources and much of the power lie with those against whom they struggle. The movement of the sans-statuts was, and to a lesser extent continues to be, the creation of precisely an insubstantial community.

Keywords:   sans-statuts, refugees, Algerian civil war, citizenship, Montréal, Jacques Rancière, democratic political movements, equality, US civil rights

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