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Justice or respect? A comparative perspective on politics in Cyprus

Bryant, Rebecca (2001) Justice or respect? A comparative perspective on politics in Cyprus. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24 (6). pp. 892-924. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870120077904

Abstract

This article argues that the anonymity of modern politics - usually seen as a requirement for good democracy - may in fact undermine cooperative politics in small-scale societies. For very many people in the world, this essay argues, it is not the pre-social, monadic individual of Western liberalism but an immanently social person who is or should be the possessor of the rights, responsibilities and freedoms of the polity. As a result, the principle of 'universal' equality is always already delimited by the nation conceived as ethnos. This essay takes the case of Cyprus to show that in this divided island democracy has been imagined as a freedom defined ethnically - as freedom for a particular group. Moreover, various historical contingencies brought those imaginings of a true and just democratic ethnos into conflict. The themes of "justice" and "respect" employed here represent those aspirations and their seemingly inevitable conflict.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rers20/current
Additional Information: © 2001 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 13:43
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 13:43
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53007

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