Ghassan Hage

Ghassan Hage
University of Melbourne | MSD · School of Social and Political Sciences

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A critical intellectual, someone whose job is to think, reflect and critique can be the last thing one needs in times of practical urgency. If anything such people can be a hindrance to the recovery effort. Pardoxically, in such times, critical intellectuals are more necessary than ever. Pandemics, for instance, invite war metaphors, and unleash re...
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In this article I begin by noting a certain jouissance in Beiruti urban culture that co-exists with an ongoing history of intercommunal conflict and the failure of centralized planning. I then examine the irreverent celebration of this ‘outside-the-law’ culture by a group of middle-class immigrants who have returned to Beirut to enjoy its free spac...
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Recent years in anthropology have seen a noticeable trend, moving from debates about theory to a concern with method. So while some generations ago we would tend to identify ourselves as anthropologists with reference to particular theoretical paradigms-for example, Marxism, (post-)structuralism, cognitivism, cultural materialism, interpretivism-th...
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This chapter investigates the history of migration from Lebanon and the formation of a Lebanese diasporic culture at the heart of the capitalist transformation of nineteenth-century Mount Lebanon. The chapter argues that this diasporic culture was the very culture of Lebanese capitalist modernity. It is predicated on a particular mode of existence...
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This article is taken from a presentation I give graduate students on how to make use of theory in the process of writing their thesis. It aims to highlight a pragmatic and practical orientation to theory and to subordinate it to the more important goal of making sense of one’s research object and one’s research material. As such it is structured b...
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The sentiment of being “surrounded by barbarians” was once specific to settler-colonial societies. But as the European refugee crisis made headlines in 2015, it became evident that this sentiment is gaining widespread currency in the Western world. Three developments lie behind its extension: first, the resurgence in the militarized Western appropr...
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Despite its many achievements and some remarkable victories against the forces of racism in their variety of forms, it cannot be said that anti-racism has been particularly successful as a social, cultural, and political force. This essay uses Bruno Latour's figure of the ‘recall’ to rethink certain elements of the anti-racist tradition. Latour see...
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Not Afraid Ghassan HageCitizenries and Scholarship Jane Garnett and Sondra L. HausnerThe Universal and the Particular Faisal Devji
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The papers collected in this special issue of the Journal of Sociology seek both to develop a sense of the cumulative impact of Bourdieu’s work on Australasian (‘antipodean’) debates, and to get a sense of how these debates might raise questions regarding the portability of Bourdieu’s categories. We discuss the distinctive disciplinary orientations...
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While working on an auto-ethnographic account of my deafness and concurrently offering a seminar on the philosophical dimensions of Pierre Bourdieu's work, I was struck by how permeated my ethnographic language was with the very Bourdieu-ian concepts I was examining. Initially, some of the moments captured in the ethnography played docilely a funct...
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This article begins by defining the specificity of critical anthropological thought and the way it can articulate with radical politics. It shows how the anthropology of Eduardo Vivieros de Castro offers a paradigmatic example of an anthropology that is both critical and radical, highlighting both the critical and political nature of Viveiros de Ca...
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Throughout the history of modern Western thought, the concept of "utopia" has come to denote a detachment from, or lack of connection to, reality. To speak of utopias is to speak of ontologically nonexistent spaces, nonrealities. Indeed, the more seriously utopian one is the more in need of a "reality check" one is considered to be. The main ontolo...
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This article is concerned with some of the ramifications of the affective dimension of Fanon’s writing. In their latest book, Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri take Fanon’s attempt to transcend European universality through the struggle for a ‘new universality’ as an exemplary schema that informs their politics of alter-modernity. In th...
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Integration wurde in den letzten Jahren auch in Deutschland zum zentralen Schlagwort in der Migrationsdebatte. Während das Konzept einerseits positiv »Teilhabe« verspricht, fungiert es in der deutschen Migrationspolitik potentiell als Exklusionsmechanismus. Dieses Buch nimmt aus Perspektiven der Politik, Wissenschaft, Kunst und des Aktivismus das I...
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■ On 13 February 2008, the Australian government apologized to the ‘stolen generations’: those children of Aboriginal descent who were removed from their parents (usually their Aboriginal mothers) to be raised in white foster-homes and institutions administered by government and Christian churches — a practice that lasted from before the First Worl...
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This article chronicles the beginning of my fieldwork among Lebanese Shi'a in South Lebanon and in the diaspora. The fieldwork coincided with Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon that destroyed its only just rebuilt infrastructure, killed more than 1000 civilians and left behind in agricultural areas and villages thousands of unexploded cluster bom...
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The nation of the nationalists is always conceived to be in crisis. There is always an other standing between them and ‘it’. ‘It’ is often the impossible goal of a ‘totally gratifying nation’. Within a psychoanalytic framework, gratifying this nation is perceived as a fantasy, an object-cause of desire (Lacan), that is, a practical impossibility th...
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This article reflects on key analytical concepts used in the anthropology of migration in the light of the author’s own ethnographic work on Lebanese migrants in a number of international locations. It first examines the notion of multi-sited ethnography and argues that in the study of migrants sharing a unifying culture across a number of global l...
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Public Culture 15.1 (2003) 65-89 In the days that followed the Israeli army's reinvasion of the West Bank in March 2002 and the resultant destruction of the embryonic elements of a sovereign Palestinian society, I, like many, sat in my office fuming, e-mailing with depressed friends and colleagues to express our helplessness and despair at the unbe...
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Introduction Because Social Ethics Is Always Concerned With The Way individuals relate to and interact with each other, the question of ‘the other’, the one we are interacting with, is always at the heart of all social ethical concerns. Indeed, if there is one question that encapsulates the essential concerns of all social ethical investigations, i...
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This paper examines the historical emergence of the debates on multiculturanism in Australia by seeing them as part of the evolution of what it defines as Australia’s colonial white paranoia. It examines the way white paranoia has shaped Australian society until its marginalisation in the early seventies. The paper argues that Australia’s multicult...
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Tracant une analogie entre d'une part son experience personnelle d'immigre libanais en Australie et les questions d'hybridation identitaire, et d'autre part son transfert professionnel d'un departement d'etudes culturelles vers un departement d'anthropologie, l'A. propose quelques reflexions sur la relation entre les deux disciplines, sur l'importa...
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The prevalence of a culture of 'tolerance' towards ethnic minorities in the West in the face of the practices of 'ethnic cleansing' in Eastern Europe and of other more general practices of intolerance and extermination in parts of the Third World has led to a popular as well as a sometimes academic conception of 'Western' and 'Eastern' nationalisms...
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The article begins by showing the existence of a religious imagery that permeates the Chnstian Lebanese nationalist discourse, particularly that of the Phalangist Party. It then proceeds to show how this religious dimension evolved at the hands of Lebanese Forces' leader Bashir Gemayel until it became a fundamentalist political project in its own n...

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