The Unbearable Whiteness of the Polish Plumber and the Hungarian Peacock Dance around “Race”

This contribution interprets the east-central European, post-liberal governments’ anti-immigrant, anti-refugee and anti-human-rights hysteria in the context of the increasing dependence of east European societies for livelihood on employment in the western EU, the widespread racialization of east European labor in the western EU, and the refusal of east European political elites and societies at large to consider possible “Left” critiques of the EU. Given those circumstances, and laboring under related anxieties, post-state-socialist political elites and societies have assumed a fundamentalist-racialist posture. They redirect their repressed anger toward incoming refugees, claim an ahistorical, essential kind of Whiteness and contribute to rigidifying European discussions of ‘race’.

Released: Replika 106–107, 353–362.
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