Against Paranoid Nationalism: Searching for Hope in a Shrinking Society

Against Paranoid Nationalism: Searching for Hope in a Shrinking Society


By (author) Ghassan Hage

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  • Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 188 pages
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 215mm
  • Publication date: 24 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0850365333
  • ISBN 13: 9780850365337
  • Sales rank: 1,409,931

Product description

Hage 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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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