The subject and the work of difference: Gender, sexuality, and intellectual history: Sandrine sanos

Modern Intellectual History 8 (1):213-225 (2011)

In her epilogue, Tracie Matysik argues that???questions of universalism, difference, and morality beyond the law have returned with a new force???. Similarly, in hers, Judith Surkis shows how the recent virulent controversies around the headscarf in republican French schools and their attendant legislation have a genealogy in the vibrant fin de si??cle debates on pedagogy, secularism, and citizenship. Few would argue with Surkis and Matysik's contention that contemporary debates on universalism, citizenship, and secularism which haunt Western liberal democracies have a historical past, yet few have explored this past in such an illuminating manner. By reflecting on these issues, both studies illustrate how intellectual history, far from being the abstract and arcane sub-field of history it is still considered by some critics, has contemporary purchase and speaks to a present that must be thought historically. These authors show how difference constituted a central term in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century definition of the nature and social expression of the subject.
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