A Disputed Truth. Defending Emmanuel Todd’s Approach of Je suis Charlie

Abstract : In May 2015, Emmanuel Todd published Qui est Charlie? Sociologie d’une crise religieuse, a radical analysis of France’s current political state. The central claim of Todd’s book is the idea that the BJe suis Charlie^ demonstra- tions of January 2015 showed how French politics are dominated by a hidden Breligious crisis^. Todd posits that there are two France [not unlike the red states and blue states in the U.S.] and that the traditionally right-wing, catholic, inegalitarian France has gone through a crisis with its recent secularization. For Todd, the fall of Catholicism in the Binegalitarian^ France has caused the rise of a pro-european Bzombie Catholicism^ obsessed with secularism to the point of being islamophobic. The book stirred an intense controversy in the mainstream press. In June, Anne Verjus published a series of research notes defending Emmanuel Todd (http://reflexivites.hypotheses.org/7240). This article is a compilation, edition and translation of her research notes. Anne Verjus defends the method used by Emmanuel Todd, addresses the main criticism received by the book and laments the state of current academia in the way it responded to Ba disputed truth^.
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Anne Verjus. A Disputed Truth. Defending Emmanuel Todd’s Approach of Je suis Charlie. American Sociologist, Springer Verlag, 2017, 48 (3-4), pp.478-503. ⟨10.1007/s12108-017-9345-1⟩. ⟨halshs-01522726⟩



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