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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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Concentrationary legacies: thinking through the racism of minor differences

Concentrationary legacies: thinking through the racism of minor differences

(p.17) Chapter 2 Concentrationary legacies: thinking through the racism of minor differences
Racism Postcolonialism Europe

Griselda Pollock

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines continuing patterns of state totalitarianism in Europe by looking at the Holocaust, in particular, the specific ‘racism of minor difference’ in the Shoah, and the broader histories of racism and colonialism in Europe. It argues that the Shoah was neither a non-colonial form of racism nor an event overdetermined by a convergence of different modes of colonialist and racist ideology and practice. Drawing inspiration from Hannah Arendt, the chapter shows how the Holocaust triggered a number of events which gave rise to a particular, genocidal strain of totalitarianism that is more evil than both the colonialism and the racism which it encompasses.

Keywords:   Europe, totalitarianism, minor difference, Shoah, racism, colonialism, Hannah Arendt, Holocaust

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