In an increasingly globalized world, there are new economic, strategic, cultural, and political forces at work. The Political Psychology of Globalization: Muslims in the West explores how these shifts and shocks have influenced the way in which Muslim minorities in western countries form their identities as political actors. Catarina Kinnvall and Paul Nesbitt-Larking uncover three identity strategies adopted by Muslims in the West: retreatism, essentialism, and engagement. Six western countries - Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom - serve as places for exploration of the emergence of these Muslim political identities. These countries are discussed in light of their colonial histories, patterns of immigration, and citizenship regimes. Although retreatism, essentialism, and engagement occur in Muslim citizens of each of the six western nations discussed in this book, the countries that are best able to balance individual and community rights are most successful in promoting the politics of engagement. In contrast, regimes that focus on anti-terrorist legislation and discourses, and support majority political cultures that are exclusionary, also promote retreatism and essentialist identity strategies in both minority and majority communities. The authors discuss the importance of a climate of engagement that is based on recognition, dialogue, deep multiculturalism, a new global and "cosmopolitical" consciousness, and a sense of political identity that transcends national boundaries and regimes.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 244 x 173 x 24 mm
"At this point in global history, there could not be a more timely discussion of the social, psychological, and political consequences of globalization, cultural change, and identities lived 'in between.' Drawing on the lived experiences of Muslims in Europe and North America, Nesbitt-Larking and Kinnvall develop a sophisticated analysis of changes in modern cultures that place identity, dialogue, and human agency at the center of our understanding of and ambitions for intercultural relations, engaged citizenship, community cohesion, and societal change. I highly recommend this text to all those interested in understanding cultural change today, its politics, and its psychology." --Caroline Howarth, Lecturer, Institute of Social Psychology, The London School of Economics and Political Science
"Written in a most engaging style, this book exhibits fine, empirically based scholarship and demonstrates theoretical sophistication and historical sensitivity in attending to one of the most politically volatile issues of our time. The authors' multidisciplinary approach illuminates the interplay among social, political, economic, and psychological forces. They offer us new ways of thinking about citizenship, multiculturalism, and globalization, ultimately pointing to a viable and vibrant politics of engagement." --Molly Andrews, Professor of Sociology and Co-director, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London
"Drawing on a remarkable range of scholarship, the authors address some of the most critical issues facing us today: globalization, identity, and the challenges to Western liberalism posed by sources ranging from fundamentalism and terrorism to ethnocentrism, racism, and religious prejudice. Their analysis of the political psychology of identity among Diaspora and post-Diaspora communities sets a new level of discourse and is essential reading for anyone interested in the integration of Muslim communities into Western society. Their brilliant book will remain a classic text for those interested in how people construct hybrid identities and narratives that help them make sense of a constantly changing political reality." --Kristen R. Monroe, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, and Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, University of California, Irvine
"Kinnvall and Nesbitt-Larking forge a unique approach to processes of globalization. Comparing identity strategies and citizenship regimes in a context of multiculturalism, they bridge traditional dichotomies of individual and society and of the local and the global." --Bert Klandermans, Professor of Applied Social Psychology, VU University Amsterdam
"This book fills an obvious lacuna in the field, and does so with authority and elegance... This study is both theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded, and is a most timely book for scholars as well as policy makers. Summing up: Highly recommended. All readership levels." -- A. Ahmad, Black Hills State University, CHOICE
"This book is an impressive combination of thorough empirical and comparative analysis
combined with an inter-disciplinary and innovative theoretical angle. Through a well-defined
structure, the authors provide an impressive tour de force of the field, introducing novel
empirical material and theory rooted in political psychology. The added value rests on the
extent of its comparative scope; its detailed case studies and the close integration between
data and theory as well as a compellingly clear writing-style. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in European Muslim politics. It establishes a laudable goal of unshackling cosmopolitanism from its Eurocentric and orientalist origins. Whether this is realistic in terms of feasible practical policy options is open for debate and further work, but the urgency of the issue cannot be denied." -- Ethnic and Racial Studies
"The Political Psychology of Globalization systematically analyzes various identity strategies within different citizenship regimes. Anyone interested in the issues of multiculturalism, integration of Muslims in the West, and identity might find this book useful. In addition, this book might be of interest to those seeking to understand the changing concepts of multiculturalism and identity in general." -- Sabina Cehajic-Clancy, PsycCRITIQUES
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