Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (Hardback)Amy Chua (author)
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Never has our society felt more divided. In Political Tribes, Amy Chua, bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, 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.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 591 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
"Political Tribes is a beautifully written, eminently readable, and uniquely important challenge to conventional wisdom ... Chua's book is a clarion call, encouraging us to reject the primal pull of identitarianism and return to that most radical of ideas, that Americans share something bigger than race or ethnicity or ideology: common citizenship and purpose." - J. D. Vance, author of 'Hillbilly Elegy'
"Political Tribes is a punchy book that advances a single idea with admirable clarity. And also with admirable brevity." - The Times
"Amy Chua speaks hard truths that no one can ignore. We are, as Chua makes clear, living in denial about the power of tribalism over our domestic and foreign policy - blinded, it seems, by our own optimism and distaste for essentialism. A page turner and revelation, Political Tribes will change the way you think." - Tim Wu, author of 'The Attention Merchants' and 'The Master Switch'
"America is now bitterly polarised into rival identities. Amy Chua does a brilliant job of showing how it has happened and why it is a tragedy. In Britain, we need to read Political Tribes as a warning. For Americans, it is too late for that: it will need to be force-fed to them." - Paul Collier, Oxford University
"Amy Chua confronts the failures of modern liberalism to understand ethnic and group attachments. Anyone who wants to understand the contemporary west, and its foreign policy failures, should read this revealing and important book." - David Goodhart, journalist and think-tanker and author of `The British Dream' and `The Road to Somewhere'
"True to form, Amy Chua presents a provocative prescription to cure our political ills. She challenges us to cross the chasm between groups - not by denying differences, but by celebrating them." - New York Times