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The inverted postnational constellation: Identitarian populism in context

Azmanova, Albena, Dakwar, Azar (2019) The inverted postnational constellation: Identitarian populism in context. European Law Journal, 25 (5). pp. 494-501. ISSN 1351-5993. (doi:10.1111/eulj.12342) (KAR id:79182)


As exemplified by the pan‐European ‘Identitarian movement’ (IM), contemporary far‐right populism defies the habitual matrix within which right‐wing radicalism has been criticised as a negation of liberal cosmopolitanism. The IM's political stance amalgamates features of cultural liberalism and racialist xenophobia into a defence of ‘European way of life.’ We offer an alternative decoding of the phenomenon by drawing on Jürgen Habermas's ‘postnational constellation.’ It casts the IM's protectionist qua chauvinistic populism as ‘inverted’ postnationalism, engendered through territorial and ethnic appropriation of universal political values. As such, inclusionary ideals of cosmopolitan liberalism and democracy purporting humanistic postnationalism have been transformed by Identitarians into elements of a privileged civilisational life‐style to be protected from ‘intruders.’ Remaining within the remit of the grammar of the postnational constellation, trans‐European chauvinism, we contend, is susceptible to inclusive articulation. Foregrounding radical emancipatory social transformation would however require not more democracy, but a principled critique of capitalism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/eulj.12342
Uncontrolled keywords: Identitarian movement (IM), populism, cosmopolitanism, liberal democracy, protectionism, capitalism, Jürgen Habermas, post-national constellation, inverted post-nationalism, European identity
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Albena Azmanova
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 09:49 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 00:00 UTC
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Azmanova, Albena.

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