Ash Amin

Ash Amin is Professor of Geography at Cambridge University.  His current writing deals with questions of intolerance in Europe, urban resilience in the North and South, and the challenges of left renewal. His most recent book,Land of Strangers (2012), addresses issues of belonging in Europe, while his book with Nigel Thrift Arts of the Political to be published by Duke University Press in early 2013 examines the reinventions the left needs to lead in order to secure the return of social democracy.  His contribution this week is based on ideas developed with Nigel Thrift in the latter book.


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    From ethnicity to empathy: a new idea of Europe
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    Europe must become harmonized in terms of citizenship rights in order to reduce the prevalence of the politics of envy that is rife across the continent. [Reposted from openDemocracy, July 2003]

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    Reinventing Democracy
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    If democracy means rule by the people for the people, it has broken down. At pivotal moments in the past, altering the rules of the political has been a defining trait of the organised left, able to project a new social order out of latent concerns, as well as develop the means to alter the grammar of politics

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    Elite hauteur: Greece, Niger and the IMF
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    It may be time to remind ourselves of the parallels between today's IMF-Merkel-Cameron package for Europe’s nations in the red, and the structural adjustment policies of the 1980's. Meanwhile, the centre has everything to gain from the misery of the periphery if only everyone can be persuaded to hold their nerve.

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    Xenophobic Europe
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    Our guest editor introduced his special feature on the ‘Uses of Xenophobia’, on Europe Day. Here, he maps the new relevance of an open and shared commons to a continent that is once again meeting economic, political and cultural insecurity with a resurgence of aggressive political demagoguery

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    The Uses of Xenophobia
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    In Ash Amin’s guest week on “The Uses of Xenophobia”, beginning on Europe Day, 2011, the thrust of the essays has been to press for a more open and democratic European continent, which turns to face the turbulent and uncertain future together with the stranger, treated as an ally and equal.

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