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A philologist studied the home discourse : a language salad with brown Dressing

people have feet. Trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs, however, have roots. Humans are a mobile species, they walk, run, wander, wander, wander, build houses, move in, move out, move on – trees. I would not like to be told so evident it is. But the more people are on the go, the louder the speech is from their "roots", and indeed the General talk of "roots". Even in the vocabulary of legitimate messages is penetrated, if it means casually, or stressed, an individual will have Turkish, African, German or Pakistani roots, and so forth. Fantasized about "tribes" – see the tree back, also in Europe.

The philologist Maurizio Bettini has dug up the linguistic garden full of root vegetables, and, in the best sense radically transformed into new Text. Radical comes from the word "radix", which in Latin means root, and radical means here to be with scientific meticulousness, the Motif of the track. The language is beautiful and very vividly among the scholars takes the also.

Xenophobes defence rowing with old-fashioned metaphors

As a Professor of classical Philology Bettini head of the Institute for anthropology of the ancient world at the University of Siena. The "terrestrial" imagery of the roots, which is linked to notions of soil, plaice, home to the earth and the Nation, to Explore distract the critical eye, among other things, on political discourses of the present. For the Forza Italia, for example, Marcello Pera, said in a "defense of the Occident": "We come from three mountains, Sinai, Golgotha, and the Acropolis. And we have three main cities: Jerusalem, Athens and Rome. This is our Tradition.“ Who is this deny, Pera, tell his story and to lose "its identity". The decisive factor is the "common genealogy".

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With ahistorischem Pathos Nobili animals, especially her xenophobes Defense. In the middle of the digital capitalism, and with whose means, recourse to a thousand-year old traditions and stir up fantasies of natural relationships between individuals and territories. Who talks like the Forza Italia politician who wants to melt down the dynamic history of centuries, to an illusory continuum. In Mussolini's fascism to the negligible in-between case, not least of all, is a quasi - "bird shit" like the Hitler fascism in the Gauland-statement in the summer.

longing for a past that never existed

Although "the cultural differences of the past are enormous," explained Bettini, "is today claimed always more insistently, that what we (supposedly) were, information about it can be who we are today." After such information is an urgent need, not only in Neo-traditionalists of the Western, right-wing parties and groups, but on all continents consists in a globalizing world. So Bettini is also dedicated to the phenomena of the "invented tradition", the subsequent Reconstruct a supposedly heal the world before the Modern era.

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Western Neo-nationalists operate the retro-active idealization of homogeneous, prämigrantischer companies, as there was you never see Brexit. Non-Western Neo-nationalists operate the retro-active idealization of homogeneous, präkolonialer companies, there were also never. Zygmunt Bauman has warned, fire in his last book, before the longing for the "Stem" of the "Retrotopia," the Hope for revival past instead of Planning for the future. Maurizio Bettini diagnosed a confusion of anthropology with the nostalgia of history with politics. Today, when Arabs and black Africans populate in Livorno, Piazza Garibaldi, he writes, "thus lived long before them, in the same quarter of immigrants from countless other countries", in the 15th century. Century and after. "In other words ,the Moors were already here, they are just returned."

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Maurizio Bettini: hope. The deceptive myths of identity. From the Italian by Rita Seuß. Verlag Antje Kunstmann, Munich, 2018, 160 Pages, 16 €.

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