Unholy alliances
The neoliberal embrace of nation
in The clamour of nationalism
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This chapter offers an account of the layered demonisation of the racialised national outsider as occasioned by evaluations conceptually unique to a neoliberal sensibility. Neoliberalism is seen as a phase of capitalism that was steered by an alliance of visionary politicians, cavalier thinktanks and uncompromising supranational institutions committed to unleashing the civilizing power of the multinational corporation and deregulated finance capital. The most widely commented-upon attribute of neoliberal culture is its valorisation of individual responsibility, or 'responsibilisation' as Foucault would have it, responsibility as the coerced 'obligation to be free'. An inevitable consequence of this subjugation is an inability to exercise the market freedoms and evangelical individualism that a neoliberal sensibility desires. The neoliberal variations on racial inadequacy manifest elsewhere too, the ubiquitous figure of the Muslim becoming particularly telling. Neoliberalism is a type of nationalism that is anti-migrant while managing to seem receptive to qualified immigration.

The clamour of nationalism

Race and nation in twenty-first-century Britain

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