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Racism Postcolonialism Europe$
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Graham Huggan and Ian Law

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312199

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315626

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The politics of imperial nostalgia

The politics of imperial nostalgia

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(p.176) Chapter 12 The politics of imperial nostalgia
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Racism Postcolonialism Europe
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Robert Spencer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846312199.003.0012

This chapter argues that the ideology of neo-liberalism is a direct extension of the principles and practices associated with colonialism – that is, imperialism by other means – and looks at the nationalist ideology which links Britain's domestic and foreign policy with values and practices that seem altruistic but are actually parochial. This ideology is termed imperial nostalgia, a concept first proposed by Renato Rosaldo. The chapter examines the politics of imperial nostalgia and looks at the conservative historian Niall Ferguson's revisionist defence of British whereby self-interest masquerades as altruism and nationalism as internationalism. It also considers multicultural nationalism and a more radical version known as cosmopolitanism, which has the potential to combat racism in Europe and offers a workable alternative to the false pieties of civilisationism.

Keywords:   Britain, imperial nostalgia, imperialism, neo-liberalism, politics, Renato Rosaldo, Niall Ferguson, internationalism, nationalism, racism

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