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Matilda Arvidsson, Leila Brännström, and Panu Minkkinen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474454971

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454971.001.0001

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Constituent Power and Constitutive Exceptions: Carl Schmitt, Populism and the Consummation of Secularisation

Constituent Power and Constitutive Exceptions: Carl Schmitt, Populism and the Consummation of Secularisation

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(p.199) 11 Constituent Power and Constitutive Exceptions: Carl Schmitt, Populism and the Consummation of Secularisation
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Constituent Power
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Jon Wittrock

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454971.003.0013

This chapter considers the role of the people in Carl Schmitt’s theorizing on democracy, and invokes the concept of constitutive boundaries as a way of understanding how communities are reproduced by way of territorial borders as well as criteria for membership and cultural markers, e.g. symbols, rituals, and holidays. The chapter suggests that the latter constitute instances of a larger logical space of constitutive exceptions, that, Schmitt implies, reproduce existing orders, but also threaten to replace them with new ones; thus, such exceptions may be surrounded by protective boundaries of the sacred, concretely as well as abstractly. Ultimately, we may visualize an entire topology of the exceptional, which is subject to fierce contestation, since it points to the possibility of new orders beyond existing ones, which may be interpreted in terms of different trajectories of highly ambiguous processes of secularization.

Keywords:   Carl Schmitt, populism, constitutive exceptions, the sacred, secularization

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