Benjamin Boudou

Benjamin Boudou
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main · Leibniz Research Group "Transformations of Citizenship"

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Introduction
Benjamin Boudou is senior research fellow in the Department of Ethics, Law, and Politics at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and the chief editor of the French journal of political theory Raisons politiques. His research interests include migration ethics, democratic theory, sanctuary practices, and the history of hospitality. https://citizenship.uni-frankfurt.de / www.benjaminboudou.com

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This article defends the normative relevance of the representation of non-citizens in democracies. I argue that representation within nation-states constitutes a realistic institutionalisation of the All-Affected Principle, allowing justificatory practices towards non-citizens and establishing political institutions that can realise the ideal of in...
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This article argues for reading the Algerian-French sociologist Abdelmalek Sayad (1933–1998) as a political theorist of migration. Various contributions have recently called to move away from the court-like assessment of claims by host states and foreigners and to engage more frankly with empirical work more attentive to concrete experiences and po...
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This special section explores the role of religious ideas and religious associations in shaping the response of states and non-state actors to asylum-seekers and refugees. It brings together insights from anthropology, law, history, and political theory to enrich our understanding of how religious values and resources are mobilized to respond to re...
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The concept of hospitality has seen a strong revival in the literature on migration and among pro-migrant activists. However, its meaning, its scope, and the nature of the obligations it imposes remain contested. Open-border advocates see hospitality as a moral principle of openness that should trump nationalist arguments for closure, while nationa...
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Ce dossier, consacré aux démocraties urbaines, part d’un paradoxe : pourquoi l’expérience de la cité dans la constitution de l’ordre politique moderne occupe-t-elle une place éminente en sociologie, en histoire ou dans la science politique, alors que la tradition classique de la philosophie politique semble l’avoir négligée ?L’histoire réelle des «...
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Hospitality is usually defined as a benevolent act towards strangers. The concept has seen a revival during the ‘European migrant crisis’, as a humanitarian duty inspired by ancient traditions and natural empathy. This narrative is unsatisfying because it depoliticizes hospitality, homogenizes its historical meanings and neglects to take seriously...
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Que répondre à la critique qualifiant d’hypocrites ceux qui professent l’hospitalité sans la pratiquer eux-mêmes ? Peut-on à la fois croire à la valeur de l’hospitalité sans accueillir des migrants chez soi ? En analysant différentes réponses possibles à cette critique, cet article vise à montrer les problèmes du concept d’hospitalité lorsqu’il est...
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Cities use the daily management of migration as an opportunity to take an ethical stance toward migrants in need of protection from deportation or harassment. They become places of “sanctuary.” This chapter explores how sanctuary practices transform the normative ideal of the city and how they renew our traditional concepts of sovereignty, citizens...
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This paper aims at questioning the rationale for language testing in immigration policies. Although we consider knowledge of the host country’s language(s) useful and desirable for both the migrant and the host society, we argue that mandatory language testing cannot be justified. Our purpose is to offer justifications for rejecting language as a l...
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This paper aims at questioning the rationale for language testing in immigration policies. Although we consider knowledge of the host country’s language(s) useful and desirable for both the migrant and the host society, we argue that mandatory language testing cannot be justified. Our purpose is to offer justifications for rejecting language as a l...
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L'hospitalité est une pratique en apparence simple et universellement partagée. Il serait donc tentant d'en fournir une définition générique : l'hospitalité est l'institution qui règle l'interaction entre un accueillant (chez lui) et un accueilli (nouveau venu), consistant en un processus de familiarisation réciproque (faire connaissance, entreteni...
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What is the use of political theory? In this paper, the author argues that political theory should be part of political science, especially in the French context where political theory is largely undermined and underrepresented. He starts from an analysis of the job market for political theorists, showing the disproportion between the number of “qu...
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Ce texte propose de prendre au serieux l’experience de pensee d’une rencontre extraterrestre, pour poser a la philosophie politique et morale le defi d’une rencontre de l’alterite radicale. En se demandant comment accueillir des non-humains non-terriens, cet article argumente en faveur d’une politique de l’hospitalite, comme alternative aux proposi...
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In this paper, the author argues that political theory should be part of political science, especially in France where political theory is largely undermined and underrepresented. He begins with an analysis of the job market for political theorists, showing the disproportion between the number of “qualified” (by the National Council of Universities...
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In this article I present a political analysis of hospitality, underlining the power relations that are involved with its practice. Because hospitality is consubstantial with boundaries, it is an apparatus both to welcome and control, which allows the passage of outsiders while legitimating the separation between inside and outside. Thus, the philo...
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Methodological Nationalism – Methodological Cosmopolitism: A paradigm shift in social sciences This article argues that methodological nationalism is at odds with the “cosmopolitisation of reality” produced by a global awareness of crises and risks which are neither confined, nor intelligible, at a national level. The article clarifies the notion o...
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Two fallacies about corporations This paper seeks to identify and criticize two fallacies or mistakes that might dull our sense of dismay at the scenario of a fully corporatized world, weakening our commitment to guard against it. These two fallacies apply to commercial bodies but more generally to our sense of what is and what do corporate bodies....
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Political representation and “subjectivation effects”: Posing the question of democratic legitimacy after the constructivist turn This article poses the following question: how to construct a normative criteria following the “constructivist turn” in theories of political representation. To respond to this question, I take direction from empirical r...
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This article offers a political interpretation of the translation problems of hostis and xenos (alternately « foreigner », « enemy » and « host ») raised mainly by Émile Benveniste. In conducting an analysis of the concepts and practices of Greek and Roman citizenship and hospitality, we show how foreign qualifications determine the modes of belong...
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In this paper I compare and examine critically the political thought of Paul Ricoeur and Jacques Derrida. I analyze their specific ways of combining philosophy, ethics, and political theory. Despite the fact that they share specific concepts and criticize purely procedural and liberal definitions of the political, they profoundly disagree on the me...
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Elements for a Political Anthropology of Hospitality This article seeks to define hospitality through its ritual practices so as to highlight its political meaning and function. Four features of hospitality may be drawn from ethnographic and anthropological accounts : the creation of a social relation prior to the practices of gift and counter-gift...
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In this paper I compare and critically examine the political thought of Paul Ricœur and Jacques Derrida. I analyze their specific styles of combining philosophy, ethical thinking, and political theory. Despite their proximity on certain issues, and their shared mistrust of purely procedural and liberal definitions of politics, they deeply disagree...

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