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Kalb, Don, and Gábor Halmai, eds. Headlines of nation, subtexts of class: Working class populism and the return of the repressed in neoliberal Europe. Vol. 15. Berghahn Books, 2011.


Since 1989 neo-nationalism has grown as a volatile political force in almost all European societies in tandem with the formation of a neoliberal European Union and wider capitalist globalizations. Focusing on working classes situated in long-run localized processes of social change, including processes of dispossession and disenfranchisement, this volume investigates how the experiences, histories, and relationships of social class are a necessary ingredient for explaining the re-emergence and dynamics of populist nationalism in both Eastern and Western Europe. Featuring in-depth urban and regional case studies from Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Italy and Scotland this volume reclaims class for anthropological research and lays out a new interdisciplinary agenda for studying identity politics in the intensifying neoliberal conjuncture.

Table of contents

  • Introduction
    Don Kalb
  • Chapter 1 Nationalism Is Back Radikali and Privatization in Serbia
    Theodora Vetta
  • Chapter 2 Articulating the Right to the City
    Norbert Petrovici
  • Chapter 3 Football Fandom in Cluj
    Florin Faje
  • Chapter 4 It Cant Make Me Happy that Audi is Prospering
    Eszter Bartha
  • Chapter 5 Dispossessed by the Spectre of Socialism
    Gábor Halmai
  • Chapter 6 A Long March to Oblivion?
    Michael Blim
  • Chapter 7 Class without Consciousness
    Jaro Stacul
  • Chapter 8 Working Class Nationalism in a Scottish Village
    Paul Gilfillan
  • Epilogue From the Ashes of a Counter-Revolution
    George Baca

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.