Alfredo Gomez-Muller

is professor of Latin American studies at the Francois-Rabelais University in Tours and a member of the laboratory for practical philosophy and philosophical anthropology (LANPRAT) at the faculty of philosophy at the Catholic Institute, Paris. He is the author of numerous works of ethical and political philosophy.


Nancy Fraser explains how the shift from redistribution to recognition undertaken by political movements during the 1990s forms part of the “post-socialist condition”. The fall of the Soviet Union, she argues, not only brought the end of communism, but also sucked the energy out of most movements with social-egalitarian aspirations. Yet in an era of globalization, the change could also be seen as one of “frame”. Campaigners for redistribution are no longer constrained by the borders of the nation-state, and concentrate their efforts increasingly on inequalities between, rather than within, nations. Transnational activism is where Fraser now hopes challenges to the “post-socialist” common sense will emerge.

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