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The Management of HateNation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany$
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Nitzan Shoshan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691171951

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691171951.001.0001

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The Management of Hate

Nitzan Shoshan

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the enforcement of law in Germany, and particularly how the state scrutinizes its political margins. It explores police and policing, the police's mechanisms of surveillance, and public debates about the use of police informants by state agencies to collect information covertly about young right-wing extremists. It explains how the encounter between young right-wing extremists and the penal regime of political delinquency disturbs the ordinary disavowal of the violence of Law. It considers how the figure of the police informant betrays the so-called (dis)organized state mimesis, while haunting the most intimate relationships of young right-wing extremist acquaintances. It also discusses the reciprocal nature of the sorts of contamination anxieties to which the police informant gives expression as well as the occult battle between the ghost of the police and the ghost of National Socialism—a constitutive contradiction between the fetish of the state and the fetish of the nation.

Keywords:   state, policing, surveillance, police informants, right-wing extremists, political delinquency, violence, Law, state mimesis, National Socialism

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