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Identity

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 240
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Identity

Contemporary Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition

Francis Fukuyama

The divisive impacts of identity politics laid bare by the bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order and The End of History

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781259801 (Published 4 Oct 2018)
£16.99

About the book

Increasingly, the demands of identity direct the world's politics. Nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, gender: these categories have overtaken broader, inclusive ideas of who we are. We have built walls rather than bridges. The result: increasing in anti-immigrant sentiment, rioting on college campuses, and the return of open white supremacy to our politics.

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American and global institutions were in a state of decay, as the state was captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatens to destabilise the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to 'the people', who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole.

Identity is an urgent and necessary book: a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continual conflict.

About the author

Francis Fukuyama is a Professor at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at Johns Hopkins University and at George Mason University. Fukuyama was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the Deputy Director for the State Department's Policy planning staff. He is the author of Political Order and Political Decay, The Origins of Political Order, The Great Disruption, Our Posthuman Future and State Building. He lives with his wife in California.

Reviews

Praise for Origins of Political Order:'Fukuyama remains as prominent as ever'

- Financial Times

Praise for The Origins of Political Order:
It should be read by every democrat - and every dictator.

- Dominic Lawson

Fukuyama writes clear prose and is a pleasure to read.

- The Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 240
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics
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