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The Rage of Replacement

The Rage of Replacement

Far Right Politics and Demographic Fear

Michael Feola

Tracing how the “Great Replacement” narrative has shaped far right extremism and propelled its dangerous political projects and acts of violence

232 Pages, 6 x 9 in

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  • 9781517916800
  • Published: July 30, 2024
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The Rage of Replacement

Far Right Politics and Demographic Fear

Michael Feola

ISBN: 9781517916800

Publication date: July 30th, 2024

232 Pages

11 black and white illustrations

8 x 5

"Michael Feola brilliantly captures the sweeping scope of contemporary far right rage and its horrific consequences in conspiratorial, racist terrorism—and rightly situates that violence in the toxic mix of entitled resentment and fear of displacement that mobilizes it. Comprehensive, incisive, and original." —Cynthia Miller-Idriss, author of Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right

"In The Rage of Replacement, Michael Feola interrogates the relationship between the melancholic attachments, violent projections, and eliminationist fantasies that animate the white supremacist right today. He aims not simply to pathologize, however, but to demonstrate how this psychic structure generates the potent and dangerous antidemocratic political visions with which we are confronted right now. Essential reading." —Joseph Lowndes, coauthor of Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity

 


Tracing how the “Great Replacement” narrative has shaped far-right extremism and propelled its dangerous political projects and acts of violence

The “Great Replacement” narrative, which imagines that historic white majorities are being intentionally replaced through immigration policies crafted by global elites, has effectively mobilized racist, nationalist, and nativist movements in the United States and Europe. The Rage of Replacement tracks how this narrative has shaped the politics and worldview of the far right, binding its various camps into a community of rage obsessed with nostalgia for a white-supremacist past.

Showing how the replacement narrative has found significant purchase in recent mainstream discourse through the rise of Trumpism, right-wing media figures like Tucker Carlson, and events such as 2017’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Michael Feola diagnoses the dangers this racist theory poses as it shapes the far-right imagination, expands through civil society, and deforms political culture. In particular, he tracks how the replacement narrative has given rise to malignant political strategies designed to “take back” the nation from its perceived enemies—by force if deemed necessary.

Identifying the Great Replacement narrative as a central force behind the rise and expansion of far-right extremism, Feola shows how it has motivated a variety of dangerous political projects in pursuit of illiberal, antidemocratic futures. From calls for the creation of segregated white ethnostates to extremist violence such as the mass shootings in Christchurch, El Paso, and Buffalo, The Rage of Replacement makes clear that replacement theory poses a dire threat to democracy and safety.

Michael Feola is associate professor of government and law at Lafayette College and author of The Powers of Sensibility: Aesthetic Politics through Adorno, Foucault, and Rancière. He has written on politics for The Washington Post, Slate, and The Guardian.