Against Hate
Against Hate
Translated by Tony Crawford
Racism, extremism, anti-democratic sentiment – our increasingly polarized world is dominated by a type of thinking that doubts others’ positions but never its own.

In a powerful challenge to fundamentalism in all its forms, Carolin Emcke, one of Germany’s leading intellectuals, argues that we can only preserve individual freedom and protect people’s rights by cherishing and celebrating diversity. If we want to safeguard democracy, we must have the courage to challenge hatred and the will to fight for and defend plurality in our societies. Emcke rises to the challenge that fake news and populist narratives pose, exposing the way in which they simplify and distort our perception of the world.

Against Hate is an impassioned call to fight intolerance and defend liberal ideals. It is a must-read for anyone concerned about the darkening politics of our time and searching for ways out.
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  • March 2019 (pb)
    March 2019 (hb)
  • 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
  • Foreword
  • 1. Visible, Invisible
  • Love
  • Hope
  • Worry
  • Hatred and Contempt, Part 1: Group-focused Hostility (Clausnitz, Saxony)
  • Hatred and Contempt, Part 2: Institutional Racism (Staten Island, New York)
  • 2. Homogeneous – Natural – Pure
  • Homogeneous
  • Original, Natural
  • Pure
  • 3. In Praise of the Impure
  • Postscript
  • Notes
About the Author
Carolin Emcke is a prominent journalist, academic and author. Between 1998 and 2006 she reported for Der Spiegelfrom some of the world's most troubled regions including Afghanistan, Columbia, Gaza, Iraq and Pakistan. She was also Guest Lecturer in Political Theory at Yale University in 2003-4. Her significant contribution to public debate and intellectual life has been recognised with many awards, including the Otto Brenner Prize for Critical Journalism, the Lessing Prize and, in 2016, the Peace Prize of the German Publishers' Association, Germany's most prestigious literary award.
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‘With exemplary lucidity, passion and brevity, Carolin Emcke anatomizes a toxic political emotion — and the many insidious, even benign, forms it increasingly assumes in public life. Against Hate is an urgent and necessary book, and all those who seek a way out of our current impasse should read it.’
Pankaj Mishra

‘At a time when, all over the globe, groups have mobilized around hatred of strangers, foreigners, migrants and refugees, Emcke analyses with subtlety and psychological precision the hearts and minds of those who hate. A must-read book for our times.’
Seyla Benhabib, Yale University
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