“In his usual grippingly lucid prose, Ghassan Hage gives us here an insightful critique of the intrinsic connection between racism and speciesism in their most ‘ungovernable’ contemporary expressions, namely, Islamophobia and the planetary ecological catastrophe. By showing that our own anthropotechnics of ‘generalized domestication’ (one of the most innovative concepts of this book) is by no means the only human way of making ourselves at home in the world, Hage offers us a nuanced, subtle analysis of the metonymic and metaphorical wolves that haunt the project of capitalism and modernity.”
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, The National Museum of Brazil
The ecological crisis is the most overwhelming to have ever faced humanity and its consequences permeate every domain of life. This trenchant book examines its relation to Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today, showing how both share roots in domination, colonialism, and the logics of capitalism.
Ghassan Hage proposes that both racism and humanity’s destructive relationship with the environment emanate from the same mode of inhabiting the world: an occupying force imposes its own interest as law, subordinating others for the extraction of value, eradicating or exterminating what gets in the way.
In connecting these two issues, Hage gives voice to the claim taking shape in many activist spaces that anti-racist and ecological struggles are intrinsically related. In both, the aim is to move beyond what makes us see otherness, whether human or nonhuman, as something that exists solely to be managed.
Ghassan Hage is Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne.