Who Are We-And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? by Gary Younge

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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.

 

About Gary Younge

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Gary Younge is a columnist for the Guardian and the Nation. His books include No Place Like Home, which was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in New York City.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Nation Books. 258 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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British columnist Younge expands on his first book, No Place Like Home, to continue making sense of the shuttlecock of "identity" as it gets bandied right and left in culture and politics.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A thoughtful and very readable look at how identity impacts on politics – can our various identities bring us together instead of dividing us?

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

The recent tragic shootings in Norway by Anders Breivik lend Gary Younge's new book an extra measure of importance and highlight the timely utility of this thoughtful and thought-provoking study, dating even from its pre-Oslo conception by an intrepid journalist with his finger firmly on the zeit...

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City Book Review

This book looks at the way identity is established in society, such as immigrants, gays, Democrats, schools, and coastal states in general.

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ForeWord Reviews

No phenomenon has roiled the traditional concept of identity more than globalization, which has led to increased misplaced patriotic identity in people whose lives are threatened by loss of jobs and a bleak economic outlook.

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