Re: Racism and Nationalism

Apologies for the late response.
Italy is often left out of discussions on race and nationalism, despite the relative ubiquity of the Fascist regime's focus on the health of the nation through the lens of race.
Eden McLean's “The Rhetoric of Race in Fascist Elementary Education” in New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies, Vol. 2: The Arts and History (2012) might offer fruitful conversation, given the Italian government's current refusal to engage with its immigrant communities and migrant crisis under Salvini's leadership.

Re: Racism and Nationalism

Sorry for this late entry, but on the relation of race and nationalism you might want to examine the work of Rogers Brubaker who argues that we should see such categories of groupness as a spectrum rather than as artificially separable domains. See especially his review essay "Ethnicity, Race, and Nationalism," in the Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 35 (2009), 21–42.

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This is a particularly difficult question to answer. At first sight it appears that right-wing and populist forms of nationalism have become dominant in many parts of the world, especially among well-established democracies such as the United States, the United Kingdom and India. In addition, the appeal of right-wing nationalism (both conservative and radical) remains strong as recently proved to be the case in the Polish presidential elections and the general election in Spain.

Re: Racism and Nationalism

Sivamohan Valluvan, “The Uses and Abuses of Class: Left Nationalism and the Denial of Working Class Multiculture,” The Sociological Review 67, no. 1 (2019): 36–46.

Also the introduction of his book, The Clamour of Nationalism
Race and nation in Twenty-First-Century Britain (Manchester University Press, 2019).

Re: Racism and Nationalism

Dear Krisztina, 

In addition to the advice offered here, you may want to zip this question over to our friends at H-Black-Europe (, where you'll find many scholars likely specializing on exactly this question. There reviews section may be particularly helpful:

Best wishes, 

Dave Prior

Re: Racism and Nationalism


There is suprisingly little explicitly on racism and nationalism 'in general', in part because the forms that racism takes varies by country. You may find that it is more useful to focus in on one or two countries for comparison (I've written on the topic in relation to Northern Ireland, most extensively in my book Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-racism). You may also find you get more 'hits' if you try searching for xenophobia, rather than racism. You may find the following two books provide something you can use:

Racism and Nationalism

Could someone please recommend a couple of articles on racism and nationalism (or racial justice and nationalism) for an MA course I'll teach next fall on Cultures of Nationalism in Contemporary Europe? I design the course around the idea of "crisis and nationalism" and discuss topics such as Covid-19 crisis, climate crisis, migration crisis, etc. In the light of current events, I would like to add race to the list and I'm still looking for relevant material. I found an old article by George L. Mosse in Nations and Nationalism but nothing more recent. Thanks very much!

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