As one of Louis Althusser’s most brilliant students in the 1960s, Etienne Balibar contributed to the theoretical collective masterpiece of Reading Capital. Since then he has established himself among the most subtle philosophical and political thinkers in France. In Politics and the Other Scene Balibar deepens and extends the work he first developed with Immanuel Wallerstein in Race, Nation, Class. Exploring the theme of universalism and difference, he addresses such topical questions as European racism, the notion of the border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable, violence and politics, and identity and emancipation.
“Etienne Balibar was one of the brilliant group of students around Althusser in the early 1960s. Since then he has established himself as one of France’s foremost philosophers on the Left.”—Radical Philosophy (in praise of Étienne Balibar)