Europe's New Racism: Causes, Manifestations, and Solutions

Europe's New Racism: Causes, Manifestations, and Solutions

Europe's New Racism: Causes, Manifestations, and Solutions

Europe's New Racism: Causes, Manifestations, and Solutions

Synopsis

Europe has seen a tremendous rise in popularity of new rightist political parties in the last two decades or so, claiming cultural supremacy of the so-called native Europeans over foreign immigrants. In this volume, European scholars from Russian to Britain have come together to examine the media and social and legal policies in an effort to determine the causes of this resurgence of rightist and anti-democratic ideologies. They furthermore suggest actions that might help combat racism more effectively.

The Evens Foundation is a recent, non-profit organization whose aims are to promote peaceful co-existence, intercultural education, and the integration of Europe. The foundation is based in Antwerp, Belgium.

Excerpt

Cultural identity, whether real or imagined, has become an important marker of societal differentiation. the series ‘Culture and Politics/Politics and culture’ focuses on the interplay of politics and culture and offers a forum for analysis and discussion of such key issues as multiculturalism, racism and human rights. This first volume discusses new racisms in Europe.

The debate on this subject is timely and important. Indeed, all over Europe we now witness new forms of exclusion, of racism and of new extreme right primordialism. Culture and cultural differences are haunting political discourse on the notions of citizen, refugee and immigrant.

It is of the utmost importance that the democratic regimes within and around the European Union should start to react against these tendencies in order to defend democracy. However, in order to develop policies that combat racism in a convincing and efficient way, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the phenomenon first. We hope that this book will add to the existing literature in a significant way.

A first group of articles offers models and perspectives on new racism in Europe.

Räthzel engages on a wide-ranging exploration of changes in emphasis and format of present day theories on racism. Although it is beyond the scope of one chapter to be clear on all conceptual intricacies of this field, the author did a great job in thinking through the recent manifestations of racism on this continent. Verlot analyses what institutional or structural racism is installing itself in the European context. the way institutions allow for or maybe invite new exclusions is the subject of this type of research. Solomos and Schuster focus on the particular for-

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