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Migration, New Nationalisms and Populism
An Epistemological Perspective on the Closure of Rich Countries

ISBN 9781032185279
Published February 26, 2022 by Birkbeck Law Press
284 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the antagonistic relationship between new European nationalisms as these often go hand-in-hand with populism, and the phenomenon of migration.

Migration has become a significant issue both in Europe and the whole world. Although it has always existed, much of public opinion sees it now as a problem. The latter has been exaggerated through a crisis in hospitality exacerbated by the relatively recently constructed and misplaced feeling of a civilisational threat from islam. Migration is then countered by the escalation of new nationalisms, at least some of which are supported by populism. This book offers an understanding of this conjunction of migration and nationalism in the post-cold war European context. More specifically, the book takes up how the end of the simplified cold war cognitive binary means an unprecedented epistemological confusion and depoliticisation which takes migration as its target, but could resort to other targets too. Discussing the postcolonial background to the new migrations, the book also considers womens' rights, postsocialism and the relevance of the current pandemic, as the issue of migration is addressed in the context of the European crisis-ridden present.

This wide-ranging interrogation of how contemporary European migration is conceived and understood will appeal to students, academics, activists, policy makers, and others with interests in contemporary migration, new nationalisms, populism, feminism, colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial issues, as well as socialism and postsocialism.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Borders as a Trap?

2. Translation and Migration

3. Who are Contemporary Migrants and Refugees?

4. The Eu Post-1989 Failure and Closure

5. Belonging or Departing

6. Postsocialist and Postcolonial Transition

7. The Year 1989: more About Transition

8. Instead of a Conclusion

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Rada Ivekovic is a philosopher living and working in Paris. She was Programme Director at the Coll├Ęge international de philosophie, Paris, France, and Professor in Departments of Philosophy at different universities in France and elsewhere.