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 prickly, strongly argued 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, of Great Britain, each being examples of a multicultural environment under the control of a white culture.
Hage argues that governments have promised white citizens they would lose nothing under multiculturalism. But on the ground -- where people live -- migrant settlement has changed neighborhoods, challenged white control, created new demands from non-whites, and led to white backlash. This provocative book suggests that white racists and white multiculturalists may share more assumptions than either group suspects.