Who Are We And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?

ISBN-10: 1568586604
ISBN-13: 9781568586601
Edition: 2011
Authors: Gary Younge
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Book details

List price: $31.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 6/28/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

From those who insist that Barack Obama is Muslim to the European legislators who go to extraordinary lengths to ban items of clothing worn by a tiny percentage of their populations, Gary Younge shows, in this fascinating, witty, and provocative examination of the enduring legacy and obsession with identity in politics and everyday life, that how we define ourselves informs every aspect of our social, political, and personal lives. Younge--a black British male of Caribbean descent living in Brooklyn, New York, who speaks fluent Russian and French--travels the planet in search of answers to why identity is so combustible. From Tiger Woods's legacy to the scandal over Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, he finds that identity is inescapable, but solidarity may not be as elusive as we fear.

Introduction
Me, Myself, I
A political identity in ten parts
A Wise Latina
The question is not whether we all have identities, but whether we are all prepared to recognize them
The Chronicles of Cablinasia
Identities do not emerge out of common sense hut communities
Blessed Are the Gatekeepers
There is no such thing as authenticity, but there are plenty of people trying to enforce it
The Truth in Her Eyes
The only certain thing about any identity is that it will keep on changing
The Many in One
We each have several identities that can be compared but not ranked
The Enemy Within
Identities make no sense unless understood within the context of power
Lost in Translation
So long as the global means the erosion of democracy, the local will mean the elevation of identity
Conclusion: Keeping the Wolf from the Door
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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