The Politics of Fear


We live in a tense and fragile urban world where class struggle has largely been replaced by an anxious and often violent politics of fear – the fear of difference. In spite of the continuing rise of the community of people who are dual heritage and the increasingly superdiverse nature of many major cities the fear of difference has traction with marginalised groups, far-right racist colllectives and fearful people of all ethnic backgrounds.

This article ‘Mapping the Politics of Fear in Europe’ by Raymond Tarras on the online journal and forum Public Spirit explores these questions….Tarras writes:

‘‘Othering’ of those perceived as strangers, sometimes on the basis of religious differences, sometimes for other reasons, has been the subject of penetrating scholarly research and even journalistic accounts for some two decades, since cold war politics were succeeded by identity politics…..’

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