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    DescriptionHage brings insights from political economy and psychoanalysis, defining societies as mechanisms for the production and distribution of hope. He argues that the rise of paranoid nationalism throughout the world is linked to the shrinking of western nation-states' ability to distribute hope among their citizens. Neo-liberal policies have loosen social bonds, diminish our hopes for a better life and make us anxious and worried.


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    Title
    Against Paranoid Nationalism
    Subtitle
    Searching for Hope in a Shrinking Society
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ghassan Hage
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 188
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780850365337
    ISBN 10: 0850365333
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC subject category V2: JPFN
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: JC311
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    DC21: 320.54
    BIC subject category V2: GT
    Thema V1.0: JPFN, GT
    Publisher
    The Merlin Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    The Merlin Press Ltd
    Publication date
    24 April 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ghassan Hage teaches anthropology at the University of Sydney and is fast becoming one of Australia's most controversial public intellectuals. He has an international reputation, teaching at Pierre Bourdieu's Centre de Sociologie Europeenne, Paris, and elsewhere. His previous books include White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society, The Future of Multiculturalism, and Home/World.
    Review quote
    "We need books like this. Whether he is writing about hope, the dispossession of indigenous peoples, collective responsibility, national identity and what it means to be an immigrant, or suicide bombers, Ghassan Hage makes one think hard. Speaking for myself, he has exposed assumptions I did not know I held and enabled me to appreciate possibilities I had not seen before. In a voice distinctively his own Hage speaks in many tones - analytical, polemical, caustic, ironic, compassionate. Few writers engage so uncompromisingly the whole of oneself." Raimond Gaita, Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of London, King's College.
    Table of contents
    Preface: Camera obscura, or the unbearable lopsidedness of being - Introduction - Transcendental capitalism and the roots of paranoid nationalism - On worrying: the lost art of the well-administered national cuddle - Border dis/order: the imaginary of paranoid nationalism - A brief history of White colonial paranoia - The rise of Australian fundamentalism: reflections of the rule of Ayatollah Johnny - Polluting memories: migration and colonial responsibility in Australia - The class aesthetics of global multiculturalism - Exighophobia/ homorophobia: 'Comes a time we are all enthusiasm' - A concluding fable: the gift of care, or the ethics of pedestrian crossings - Endnotes - Bibliography - Index