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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

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

Robert Spencer

Liverpool University Press

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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