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The Resource Political Tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations, Amy Chua

Political Tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations, Amy Chua

Label
Political Tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations
Title
Political Tribes
Title remainder
group instinct and the fate of nations
Statement of responsibility
Amy Chua
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Discusses the failure of America's political elites to recognize how group identities drive politics both at home and abroad, and outlines recommendations for reversing the country's foreign policy failures and overcoming destructive political tribalism at home
  • "Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. 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. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles--Capitalism vs. Communism, Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the "Free World" vs. the "Axis of Evil"--we are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy. In the Vietnam War, viewing the conflict through Cold War blinders, we never saw that most of Vietnam's "capitalists" were members of the hated Chinese minority. Every pro-free-market move we made helped turn the Vietnamese people against us. In Iraq, we were stunningly dismissive of the hatred between that country's Sunnis and Shias. If we want to get our foreign policy right--so as to not be perpetually caught off guard and fighting unwinnable wars--the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad. Just as Washington's foreign policy establishment has been blind to the power of tribal politics outside the country, so too have American political elites been oblivious to the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans--and that are tearing the United States apart. As the stunning rise of Donald Trump laid bare, identity politics have seized both the American left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way. In America today, every group feels threatened: whites and blacks, Latinos and Asians, men and women, liberals and conservatives, and so on. There is a pervasive sense of collective persecution and discrimination. On the left, this has given rise to increasingly radical and exclusionary rhetoric of privilege and cultural appropriation. On the right, it has fueled a disturbing rise in xenophobia and white nationalism. In characteristically persuasive style, Amy Chua argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes. Enough false slogans of unity, which are just another form of divisiveness. It is time for a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
327
Index
no index present
LC call number
JZ
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Political Tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations, Amy Chua
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographic references ([213]-282) and index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- American exceptionalism and the sources of U.S. group blindness abroad -- Vietnam -- Afghanistan -- Iraq -- Terror tribes -- Venezuela -- Inequality and the tribal chasm in America -- Democracy and political tribalism in America -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn993419530
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780399562853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)993419530
Label
Political Tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations, Amy Chua
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographic references ([213]-282) and index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- American exceptionalism and the sources of U.S. group blindness abroad -- Vietnam -- Afghanistan -- Iraq -- Terror tribes -- Venezuela -- Inequality and the tribal chasm in America -- Democracy and political tribalism in America -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn993419530
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780399562853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)993419530

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