2017 Douglass Prize Winner: Nitzan Shoshan

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The Society for the Anthropology of Europe Announces the Winner of The William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology 2017:
Nitzan Shoshan
For his book:
The Management of Hate: Nation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (2016). http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10882.html

The Management of Hate is an outstanding book in the quality and scope of its scholarship, its ethnographic
richness, and the elegance of its prose. Based on a study of extreme right youth in Berlin, accessed by the
author via social workers, the book explores official and policy-led attempts to control public expressions
of hate. Through detailed ethnographic work, combined with highly accomplished conceptual and empirical
scholarship, the book demonstrates how the 'management of hate' is an ambivalent set of state structures,
procedures and practices that are aimed at somehow containing the public expression and implications of
hate. The book demonstrates how the author’s approach could address a potentially much wider field
concerning how state structures work towards attempting (and often failing) to manage the public
expression of particular emotions. The Management of Hate is a deeply erudite and timely work,
addressing a topic that urgently needs this quality of attention – not only in Europe, but also in many other
parts of the world.