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White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society

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Anthropologist and social critic Ghassan Hage explores one of the most complex and troubling of modern phenomena: the desire for a white nation. In this book, he asks whether that desire is indeed limited to racists. Drawing upon the Australian experience, Hage draws conclusions that might also be applicable in France, the United States and Great Britain, each being exampl ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 26th 2000 by Routledge (first published 1999)
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Trevor
Feb 21, 2016 Trevor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-theory, race
I really can’t recommend this book too highly. There are times when I read a book and I can feel things falling into place, things making sense in ways they simply hadn’t made sense before, things that I would have just thought I had already down pat. And when that happens I’m often left with the feeling that I really ought to have known this stuff before, that it is so obvious it seems ridiculous that I’ve completely missed it.

And I particularly liked how he has constructed his argument here –
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Liz
May 16, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian
the main thesis here is that multicultural ~tolerance~ and white nationalism are two sides of the same coin. Both presume an Australia that is fundamentally white, where white people have and should continue to have the power to decide who is allowed to live here and how; they differ simply in the limits of their tolerance. it's pretty convincing and articulates a lot of what's wrong with the state of the fucking "immigration debate" (spew). plus ghassan hage is just a great, clear, likeable wri ...more
Linde
Nov 04, 2013 Linde rated it it was ok
He makes a number of very good and interesting points.. however, these points are made very clear in about a paragraph worth of text per chapter. My main problem with this book is that I feel that because people are quick to agree with Hage (or are afraid to disagree with him), he gets away with being completely unobjective and often biased (for example his ways of citing people he agrees with vs. those he disagrees with, and the large amount of assumptions most of his arguments/examples are bas ...more
Peter N.
Is there a punchier, sharper book of criticism about Australia? Ghassan Hage kicks so much arse. Whoah. Essential.
Tee
May 10, 2010 Tee rated it it was amazing
A different take on nationalism and multiculturalism. Still freakin' relevant, even 10 years later and after the height of Hansonism in public discourse.
Scott Neigh
Read very partially for school...which is almost, almost, almost done, so very soon I will be able to resume my practice of more substantially reviewing more of what I read.
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