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Editorial: Renewing the Politics and Theology of Place

01 October 2019

One of the most interesting European commentators on politics and society these days is not a philosopher, a sociologist or a political scientist. Christophe Guilluy, who made his name with a study entitled La France peripherique (Peripheral France), is a geographer by background (Guilluy, 2014). His book describes the effects of globalisation on smaller French towns and communities, recounting the fears, resentments and ennui felt by those living in post-industrial swathes of the country. It charts a loss of collective self-esteem and purpose, as towns have been stripped of the activities that once defined them, and the self-confidence associated with the post-war period has evaporated. Guilluy’s was one of the first texts to identify how, amid the rubble of the old economic settlement, a new divide crystallised in western societies - between the perceived beneficiaries and the victims of the global economy.

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