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White But Not Quite

Central Europe’s Illiberal Revolt

By Ivan Kalmar

Published

Apr 20, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1529213607

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 20, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1529213591

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 20, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1529213614

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Since the ‘migration crisis’ of 2016, long-simmering tensions between the Western members of the European Union and its ‘new’ Eastern members – Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary – have proven to be fertile ground for rebellion against liberal values and policies.

In this startling and original book Ivan Kalmar argues that Central Europe illiberalism is a misguided response to the devastating effects of global neoliberalism which arose from the area’s brutal transition to capitalism in the 1990s.

Kalmar argues that dismissive attitudes towards ‘Eastern Europeans’ in the EU as incapable of real democracy are a form of racism, and connected to recent racist attacks on migrants from the area to the West.

He explores the close relation between racism towards Central Europeans and racism by Central Europeans: a people white, but not quite.

Ivan Kalmar is Professor of Anthropology at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He has written widely on race and religion, Jews and Muslims, and language and nationalism.

Introduction. Race, Illiberalism, Central Europe

Chapter 1. How Eastern Europeans Became Less White

Chapter 2. How Central Europeans Became Eastern European

Chapter 3. How Central Europeans Became Central European (Time and Time Again)

Chapter 4. Central Europe: Half-Truths and Facts

Chapter 5. The Last of the White Men: Central Europe’s White Innocence

Chapter 6. ‘Have Eastern Europeans No Shame?’ Antisemitism, Racism, and Homophobia in Central Europe

Chapter 7. Imitators Spurned: Why the West Needs Central Europe to Stay in its Eastern European Place

Chapter 8. ‘We Will Not Be a Colony!’

Chapter 9. Slavia Prague v. Glasgow Rangers: Lessons from a Football Match

Conclusion. When the Migrants Come