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Ce qu’être représenté·e veut dire. La relation de représentation du point de vue des citoyen·nes

Abstract : This introduction offers an interdisciplinary perspective to question the relationship of representation seen from below, from citizens’ point of view. Based on the constructive turn of political theory in the analysis of representation, the authors offer a political sociology glance at the reception of the pretentions of representation. Following the scientific discussions dealing with political defiance and the blind spots of the studies focusing on political work, they suggest that grasping citizens’ relationships with their representatives primarily requires analyzing their practices. They emphasize the virtue of intensive empirical and qualitative approaches that allow going beyond the mere description of discourses and opinions. The comparison of the different case-studies presented in this special issue, in different socio-spatial contexts in France, highlights some common features and regularities in the conditions of identification with political representatives. In so doing, the article shows how various forms of social, gendered and ethno-racial inequalities are refracted in the political order. Finally, feelings of representation appear firstly shaped by what representatives do, rather than who they are, this result testifying of the relative incorporation of the legitimate frames for thinking representation in contemporary France.
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Lorenzo Barrault-Stella, Julien Talpin. Ce qu’être représenté·e veut dire. La relation de représentation du point de vue des citoyen·nes. Participations, 2021, Participations, N° 30 (2), pp.7-39. ⟨10.3917/parti.030.0007⟩. ⟨hal-03482596⟩



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