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Being Political: A Quarrelsome View

Stephen Gilliatt
International Political Science Review / Revue internationale de science politique
Vol. 8, No. 4 (Oct., 1987), pp. 367-384
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1600928
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Abstract

In defining the political it is possible to identify a dominant trend preoccupied with the idea of politics as a positive means of conflict management. This has often overshadowed the alternatives which view politics as a conflictual system of thought and action. Such alternatives can be reinforced by taking seriously the understanding that ordinary people have of what is involved in being political. From this, it is possible to conceive of politics less as a means of creating order, by accommodating diversity and constraint or imposing a general standard or authority, and more as a passionate and quarrelsome activity concerned with promoting conflict and disrupting order. /// Le politique est un système de règlement pacifique des conflits. Telle est l'opinion courante que s'en font de nombreux politologues. Or cette opinion dominante a mis à l'ombre une opinion contraire que cet article se propose de faire passer au grand jour: le politique--comme la politique--sont des systèmes de pensée et d'action essentiellement conflictuels. Ce dernier point de vue est conforté par l'opinion de l'homme de la rue, pour qui l'action politique, ce n'est pas l'ordre, le compromis, la tolérance et le respect de la diversité, ni même l'établissement des normes et des contraintes nécessaires; pour lui c'est d'abord, et surtout, une activité passionnée et querelleuse, dont le but est d'intensifier les conflits et de déranger l'ordre des choses.

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