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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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Knowing Intimately

Knowing Intimately

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(p.141) 6 Knowing Intimately
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The Management of Hate
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Nitzan Shoshan

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171951.003.0006

This chapter examines the elaborate web of neoliberal networks through which the German state renders its targets visible and knowable, often with an efficacy that police and policing could never hope to match, and how the capacity of these nonviolent forms of state mimesis to transact in knowledge rests on the manufacturing of opaqueness and illegibility. In particular, the chapter considers how state agents and technologies of knowing contrast sharply with the clandestine ambivalence of both police informants and neo-Nazi policemen. It also analyzes how street social workers embodied some of the mutations of governance under neoliberalism, focusing on their role in the neoliberal state's surveillance of young right-wing extremists. It concludes with a discussion of the constitutive dilemmas that haunt the entire field of the management of hate in Germany and that render the social workers' task riddled with contradictions.

Keywords:   neoliberal networks, state, policing, state mimesis, knowledge, police informants, social workers, surveillance, right-wing extremists, management of hate

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