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Book Notes Andre Gingrich and Marcus Banks (eds), Neo-Nationalism in Europe & Beyond: Perspectives from Social Anthropology, New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2006, 312 pp., GBP 16.99, ISBN 1-84545-190-2 (pbk). Reviewed by Matthew Goodwin (University of Manchester, UK). As the authors of this latest contribution note at the outset, both the puzzle and challenge posed to the social sciences from neo-nationalism remains. This text represents an attempt to respond to the challenge through the lens of social anthropology, a discipline which the editors argue is more than capable of making a distinct methodological and conceptual contribution to the field.
In line with recent trends in the literature on extreme-right parties agencyorientated explanations are awarded significant attention. An actor-orientated approach is adopted which, it is argued, provides researchers with an ability to see the world as neo-nationalists see it. Yet historical and structural approaches are also included. The primary interest lies with “far right, neonationalist parliamentary parties”, with neo-nationalism defined as “the current phase of transnational and global developments”. The discussion of competing terminology will no doubt invite debate. Though predominantly concerned with Western Europe, the editors are also careful to include additional contributions, focused both on Europe-wide trends, as well as separate chapters fixed upon the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, and ‘Hansonism’ in Australia.