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Political tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations

Author: Amy Chua
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Never has our society felt more divided. In Political Tribes, Amy Chua diagnoses the cause of our current political discord: tribalism. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most the ones that people will kill and die for are ethnic, religious, sectarian or clan-based. Time and time again our blindness to tribalism has undermined our foreign policy. At home, we have recently witnessed the rise  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Chua
ISBN: 9781408881576 1408881578 9781408881545 1408881543
OCLC Number: 1025333807
Description: 293 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. American exceptionalism and the sources of U.S. group blindness abroad --
2. Vietnam --
3. Afghanistan --
4. Iraq --
5. Terror tribes --
6. Venezuela --
7. Inequality and the tribal chasm in America --
8. Democracy and political tribalism in America --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Amy Chua.

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Never has our society felt more divided. In Political Tribes, Amy Chua diagnoses the cause of our current political discord: tribalism. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most the ones that people will kill and die for are ethnic, religious, sectarian or clan-based. Time and time again our blindness to tribalism has undermined our foreign policy. At home, we have recently witnessed the rise of identity politics, a movement that encourages us to define ourselves against, and thereby exclude, others. The shock results of the US election and the Brexit referendum show that tribalism is a social truth that we ignore at our peril. When people are defined by their differences to each other, extremism becomes the common ground, and the grand ideals of democracy have a hard time competing with a more primal need to belong. If we are to transcend our political tribes, we must rediscover a broader, more nuanced unity that acknowledges the reality of our group differences. Insightful, challenging and provocative, Amy Chua's groundbreaking book could not be more timely.

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