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Integral Europe : Fast-Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism - Douglas R. Holmes

Integral Europe

Fast-Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism

Paperback Published: 29th October 2000
ISBN: 9780691050898
Number Of Pages: 280

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Over the past 15 years, the project of advanced European integration has followed a complex secular and cosmopolitan agenda. As that agenda has evolved, however, so have various hard-line populist movements with goals diametrically opposed to the ideals of a harmonious European Union. Spearheaded by figures such as Jean-Marie Le Pen, the controversial leader of France's National Front party, these radical movements have become increasingly influential and, because of their philosophical affinities with fascism and national socialism--politically worrisome.

In "Integral Europe, " anthropologist Douglas Holmes posits that such movements are philosophically rooted in integralism, a sensibility that, in its most benign form, enables people to maintain their ethnic identity and solidarity within the context of an increasingly pluralistic society. Taken to irrational extremes by people like Le Pen, integralism is being used to inflame people's feelings of alienation and powerlessness, the by-products of impersonal, transnational "fast-capitalism." The consequences are an invidious politics of exclusion that spawns cultural nationalism, racism, and social disorder.

The analysis moves from northern Italy to Strasbourg and Brussels, the two venues of the European Parliament, and finally to the East End of London. This multi-sited ethnography provides critical perspective on integralism as a form of intimate cultural practice and a violent idiom of estrangement. It combines a wide-ranging review of modern and historical scholarship with two years of field research that included personal interviews with right-wing activists, among them Le Pen and neo-Nazis in inner London. Fascinating, provocative, and sobering, "Integral Europe" offers a rare inside look at one of modern Europe's most unsettling political trends.

"The title of this book gives barely a hint of its rich and complex content ... Highly recommended for all social scientists and policy professionals who work on European political and social issues."--Choice "Holmes convinces the reader that integralism plays a large role in shaping mainstream political discourse on Europe as well as in bolstering an explicitly fascist and marginal opposition."--Virginia Quarterly Review

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Inner Landscapesp. 3
Europep. 17
Flowering of Culturesp. 19
Science and Metaphysics of Solidarityp. 37
Cultural Physicianp. 59
An Essential Sociologyp. 75
Society and Its Vicissitudesp. 90
East Endp. 103
Call It Fascismp. 105
Factual Racismp. 116
Authoritarianismp. 138
Atavismp. 163
Radical Symmetryp. 165
Eclipsep. 191
Notes to the Chaptersp. 203
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780691050898
ISBN-10: 0691050899
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 29th October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 14.55  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.4