Fascism (Concepts in the Social Sciences)

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* What is the relationship between fascism, modernity and capitalism?

* What is the basis of the fascist attack on Marxism and liberalism?

* Why is fascism inherently a politics of destruction?

Fascism is one of the most abused terms in the social sciences. Part of this abuse has arisen from the misunderstandings that have developed from the traditional assumptions surrounding fascism. In this important new text Mark Neocleous overcomes these misunderstandings by presenting an original approach to the central questions concerning the nature of fascism.

Neocleous situates fascism within the social and political contradictions of modernity and capitalism, and identifies fascism's key feature as a reaction to the principle political project of Enlightenment. By focusing on three of fascism's central concepts - war, nature and the nation - fascism is presented as a manifestation of the destructive potential of modernity, a form of reactionary modernism the principle aim of which is to violently crush any movement for social emancipation. The destruction of reason by fascism shatters Enlightenment universalism and transforms the desire for social liberation into an aggressive nationalism, with devastating effects on human life.

This clear and accessible overview treats the subject thematically, teasing out the underlying principles of the doctrine, rather than following the case-by-case approach favoured by many writers. It is designed to provide a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses on political ideologies, political sociology and social & political theory, as well as essential reading for those with a wider interest in fascism.

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"This is a book which deserves to be widely read. It is a significant contribution to a neglected, yet socially crucial, area." - Times Educational Supplement "In this thoughtful and comprehensive book, Gipps and Murphy steer a scholarly course around the stormy polemic that often permeates the topic...It will provide a very comprehensive source for all those involved with research into both assessment and equity issues." - Local Economy "...a volume, which should have a major impact on future work on assessment both within the UK and further afield. These two talented authors have conducted an awesome review of well over 300 published research studies relating to bias, discrimination inequality and differential achievement. The book helpfully clarifies what the authors see as the key equity issues in educational assessment, through a review of developments in relevant areas of psychology, intelligence testing,national assessment programmes in the UK and the USA, public examinations and national curriculum assessments. This is a book which deserves to be widely read. It is a significant contribution to a neglected yet socially crucial area." - T.E.S. "This book offers a good comprehensive text on assessment issues, clearly focused on equity, and so should be useful for learner, beginning and experienced teachers as well as those with a more scholarly ordetached interest in assessment." - British Journal of Curriculum and Assessment "This is a scholarly and well-researched contribution." - SAGE race relations abstracts

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Mark Neocleous is Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Government at Brunel University, and is the author of Administering Civil Society: Towards a Theory of State Power (1996).

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