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Studies in the Psychosocial

The Psychosocial Imaginaries of Defence Nationalism

Far-Right Extremism in Australia and the UK

Authors: Gillespie, Liam

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  • Introduces and develops the concept of 'defence nationalism'
  • Presents a comparative psychosocial analysis of far-right nationalist organisations in the UK and Australia
  • Draws on psychoanalytic and psychosocial theory to analyse nationalist appeals to flesh, land and the law as means of legitimising their ideology
  • Argues that defence nationalists are happier and more secure the more that the nation is felt to be under threat
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The Psychosocial Imaginaries of Defence Nationalism interrogates the emergence of far-right nationalist 'defence leagues' in Australia and the UK. Throughout the book, Liam Gillespie refers to these groups as defence nationalists: that is, as nationalists who imagine themselves as defenders of the nation and therefore national subjects par excellence. 
Drawing on original research, psychoanalytic and psychosocial theory—and particularly the work of Jacques Lacan—the author explores the narratives, imaginaries and subjectivities that sustain these groups, as well as the narratives, imaginaries and subjectivities these groups sustain. He argues that unlike other nationalist groups, defence nationalists are not primarily concerned with realising their avowed political projects. Instead, they are concerned with constructing and then enjoying themselves as the nation's self-ordained defenders. This means that which threatens the nation can paradoxically have a fortifying effect upon defence nationalists, legitimising and securing both the way they see themselves, and the position they see themselves occupying with/in the nation.
The Psychosocial Imaginaries of Defence Nationalism will be of interest to anyone concerned with critical theorisations of contemporary nationalism, as well as with the application of psychoanalytic and psychosocial theory to social, cultural and political analysis.

About the authors

Liam Gillespie holds a Ph.D. from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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​“This book is an innovative, eloquent and sometimes disturbing psychoanalytic examination of why and how violence is done in the name of the nation. Gillespie has put together layers of Lacanian insight to understand what it is that makes the defence nationalist want to defend the nation, to understand what is the defence nationalist’s imagination of a nation, and, of relevance to us all, what part of the nation inhabits us all. This is a must read for those wishing to understand psychologies of violence as they pertain to nationalists or people often called ‘extremists’. It is a foundational text to advance an understanding and provoke an appreciation of how a mandate for violence is gleaned from the most ordinary layers of politics, law and history, integrated into the psyches of those who perceive themselves as both integral and marginal to the state.” (Juliet B. Rogers, Associate Professor Criminology, University of Melbourne, Australia)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychosocial Imaginaries of Defence Nationalism
Book Subtitle
Far-Right Extremism in Australia and the UK
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Psychosocial
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55470-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55470-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55469-9
Series ISSN
2662-2629
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 259
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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