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Godišnjak Fakulteta političkih nauka
2015, vol. 9, iss. 14, pp. 13-34
article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 02/02/2017
doi: 10.5937/GodFPN1514013K
Disputes on the concept of people: A contribution to de-construction of a de-construct
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences



In this paper we want to point out the limitations of the most important moments in the ruling (sceptical )notion of people/nation, where, at least when it comes to criticizing/ destruction of the term, converge outlook of Marxism, political liberalism, and postmodern/ de-constructivism. The main critical theses against, we hold, one-sided criticism towards the concept of people are placing an overemphasis on arbitrariness and the fact of being-constructed in it, and overlooking the peculiarities of the process of crystallization in the history of what was first a matter of sheer accidentallity. In dialogue with the disputed topoi in the perception of the people are at the same time indicated the guidelines to reflect this problem.


people; nation; community; imagined community; E. Balibar; B. Anderson; Marxism; deconstruction


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