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Race and nation in twenty-first-century Britain

Nationalism has reasserted itself today as the political force of our times, remaking European politics wherever one looks. Britain is no exception, and in the midst of Brexit, it has even become a vanguard of nationalism's confident return to the mainstream. Brexit, in the course of generating a historically unique standard of sociopolitical uncertainty and constitutional intrigue, tore apart the two-party compact that had defined the parameters of political contestation for much of twentieth-century Britain. This book offers a wide-ranging picture of the different theoretical accounts relevant to addressing nationalism. It briefly repudiates the increasingly common attempts to read contemporary politics through the lens of populism. The book explores the assertion of 'muscular liberalism' and civic nationalism. It examines more traditional, conservative appeals to racialised notions of blood, territory, purity and tradition as a means of reclaiming the nation. The book also examines how neoliberalism, through its recourse to discourses of meritocracy, entrepreneurial self and individual will, alongside its exaltation of a 'points-system' approach to the ills of immigration, engineers its own unique rendition of the nationalist crisis. There are a number of important themes through which the process of liberal nationalism can be documented - what Arun Kundnani captured, simply and concisely, as the entrenchment of 'values racism'. These include the 'faux-feminist' demonisation of Muslims.

Paul Routledge and Andrew Cumbers

. Emergence: the irresistible rise of resistance to neoliberalism This intercontinental network of resistance, recognising differences and acknowledging similarities, will search to find itself with other resistances around the world. This intercontinental network of resistance is not an organising structure; it doesn’t have a central head or decision maker; it has no central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who resist. (Subcommandante Marcos 2003: 37) The emergence over the past decade of what the media has (erroneously) termed the ‘anti-globalisation

in Global justice networks
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Emotion, affect and the meaning of activism
Hilary Pilkington

). Others chose not to wear colours even at demonstrations because of the potential risk to safety Emotion, affect and the meaning of activism193 this entailed moving around the city before joining the coach or demonstration (Tina). Those who adopted this approach said they were never made to feel excluded because of this (Richard). Performative acts at EDL demonstrations are limited in comparison to those found at larger anti-globalisation or anti-austerity demonstrations. Most frequent was the use of face masks, especially pig masks but also those representing hate

in Loud and proud
Between emancipation and stigma
Patrícia Alves de Matos

precariat are situated. The political status of the term has shown it to possess a contested moral character, torn between emancipatory possibilities and the threat of moral stigma tied to downward social mobility and social devaluation. In this chapter, I begin by providing a summary of the emergence of the precarity vocabulary within Southern Europe, emphasising its mobilisation as a terminology of social emancipation and critique among anti-globalisation social activists. I offer a brief discussion on the debates regarding the condition of precarity and the class

in Disciplined agency
Discourses, contestation and alternative consumption
Roberta Sassatelli

might be aptly summarised by saying that consumer culture is the antithesis and the enemy of culture: within consumer culture individual choice and desire triumph over abiding social values and obligations; the whims of the present take precedence over the truth embodied in history, tradition and continuity; needs, values and goods are manufactured and calculated in relation to profit rather than arising from authentic individual or communal life. (Slater 1997: 63) In recent times, such criticisms have been rendered through anti-globalisation rhetoric. George Ritzer

in Qualities of food
David Hesse

commemoration seems to stem from a wish to defend European culture. The invocation of tradition and distinctiveness must be understood as a protection strategy. Right-­wing parties stress the importance of heritage and tradition when warning about the alleged marginalisation of the European people through non-­European immigration or a totalitarian EU bureaucracy. Anti-­globalisation activists, on the other hand, invoke local identities to counter global capitalism and consumerism. The Scottish dreamscape – with its narrative of heroic defence – may come in useful in this

in Warrior dreams
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

, and illustrated Marx: A User's Guide . Bernard Maris, a co-editor, was a member of an anti-globalisation movement called Attac and campaigned against austerity, corporate corruption, tax havens and the arms industry. Being on the left does not mean that one is not Islamophobic but the damaging attacks that have been launched on the journal bring to mind similar attacks on the work of Salman Rushdie after a Fatwa was declared against him in 1989. 20

in Antisemitism and the left
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The challenge of Dónal Óg Cusack’s ‘coming out’ to heteronormativity in contemporary Irish culture and society
Debbie Ging and Marcus Free

communitarian anti-globalisation. As Cronin ( 2007 ) cogently points out, it is, paradoxically, the GAA’s ostensible rejection of the commodification of its players’ bodies and insistence on amateurism that has proved so appealing to corporate sponsors such as Bank of Ireland, Guinness, Vodafone, ESB and AIB. Indeed, all of the recent television and billboard advertising campaigns for the GAA and its sponsors are underpinned by a vision of Irish masculinity that is deeply communal, rural, anti-individualistic, amateurist and untainted by the excesses of modern consumerism

in Defining events
A critical space for social movements in Ireland
Margaret Gillan and Laurence Cox

different locations and how collaboration and sharing material for editing can enable a range of outputs speaking to different audiences. Meanwhile Irish police were also travelling, to seminars in Britain and Europe where they were told that anti-globalisation protestors were ‘the new terrorists’ and encouraged to react more aggressively. This was manifested at anti-privatisation protests in Dublin and most famously at the May 2002 Reclaim the Streets protest which saw a ‘Garda riot’ on Dame Street, with police batoning bystanders (including people in taxi queues

in Defining events
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Mapping the nation
Sivamohan Valluvan

certain anti-migrant and anti-minority attitudes that 24 Valluvan The clamour of nationalism.indb 24 30-05-2019 12:06:09 introduction are discursively attributed to this constituency. An extensive matrix of populist left-wing motifs – for example, anti-establishment, anti-metropolitan elite, anti-globalisation – is in turn folded into a much broader, symbolically aggressive nationalist attachment to a notion of authentic white workingclass consciousness and history. Herein, in unpacking the left formations that have become susceptible to contemporary nationalist

in The clamour of nationalism