I shall call a politics which regulates the conflict of identifications between the impossible (and yet, in a sense, very real) limits of a total and a floating identification, “civility”. Civility in this sense is certainly not a politics which suppresses all violence; but it excludes extremes of violence, so as to create a (public, private) space for politics (emancipation, transformation) and enable violence itself to be historicized.

(Balibar, Politics and the Other Scene, 29-30)