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Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment | Francis Fukuyama
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international affairs of state In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively 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 threatened to destabilize 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. Demand for recognition of ones identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious identity liberalism of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy. Identity is an urgent and necessary booka sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict.
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natashalb
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Francis Fukuyama explores Identity Politics, it's history and it's effect on democracy and themes such as the rise of nationalism in modern times amongst others. Mainly US/Euro centric. A fairly easy to follow read into a very relevant subject.

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anokokona

Dignity was being democratized. But identity politics in liberal democracies began to reconverge with the collective and illiberal forms of identity such as nation and religion, since individuals frequently wanted not recognition of their individuality, but recognition of their sameness to other people.

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jillrhudy
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Fukuyama makes a lot of connections, economic and political, across history. He‘s in favor of national identity and assimilation in moral terms—your religion doesn‘t allow you to enslave women, for instance; you must adopt American values—and he goes to the root of identity politics. Very thought provoking 🤔 #socialcommentary #economics #politics #immigration

Aimeesue And what are “American values,” according to Fukiyama, please? 4y
jillrhudy Democracy, equal rights (including all marginalized groups), basic freedoms per Bill of Rights 4y
jillrhudy Oh, and the Rule of Law (which my husband calls the Rulala) and so he makes a strong anti-Trump case 4y
Aimeesue Rule of law is great, compared to what came before, but it‘s troublesome when the laws are enacted to keep those in power in power. I‘m more for Rule of Justice. Not likely to catch on though, is it? 4y
Aimeesue I do like “Rulala” though! 4y
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jillrhudy
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Philosophical, but very accessible and easy reading so far (on p. 30). #Politics #Socialcommentary #philosophy

Aimeesue Hmmmmmmmm. 4y
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eclecticreading
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I may no longer be a history & political science student but you can‘t take the history & political science out of this girl 😉 Intrigued to see what he says about the current state of affairs #toread #nonfiction

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3njennn
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This was a good overview of the history of identity politics with suggestions for how to move in a positive direction from here.

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3njennn

Received an ARC of #Identity from #Netgalley. So far it‘s a great dose of political philosophy that I‘ve been missing. I can‘t wait to keep reading this timely analysis.

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