The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother , Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home Humans are tribal. Chua makes the argument that American politics (policy, journalism, activism) doesn't pay enough attention to the tribal nature in the US. Foreign policy and military officers, in particular. As of January 2011, she is most noted for her parenting memoir, “Humans are tribal. Calling people stupid, morons, Nazis, etc is a surefire way of ensuring much-needed dialogue never takes place in a meaningful way. About 15 years ago, she wrote the wonderful “World on Fire” about nations where elites were supported by dominant economic minorities and where such a configuration of groups could lead to violent conflict against the economic minorities. Shelves: netgalley, political-diplomacy-terrorism, psych-religion-self-help. In experiments similar to Asch’s landmark study, subjects have been found to conform much more when presented with judgments said to come from members of an in-group, and much less when judgments are said to come from out-group members. (Chua then goes on to display her vast knowledge of migrant history, ethnography, and international relations to support this claim.). Political Tribes was an interesting spiritual follow-up to Chua's "World on Fire," which focused on the destabilizing effects of market-dominant minorities in developing countries. “James Mumford has written the most intriguing and original reflection on political tribalism that I have ever read ... Vexed is an intellectual page-turner.” ―David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere: The New Tribes Shaping British Politics "Mumford is a subtle, supple and frequently ingenious thinker. But it is still a very good book and a very important book that most people would profit by reading. I really did not enjoy this book. I have things to say about this book. Find and read more books you’ll love, and keep track of the books you want to read. In an era where the news cycle is measured in hours, not days or weeks, it can be challenging to keep up to date on the underlying issues that have shaped American political history past and present. Goodreads; Cuties and Cognitive Dissonance. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Enter Amy Chua's book, which taps on a simpler, more anthropological, more primal way of looking at America's failures in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and its own populace via the Occupy movement and Trump's recent victory. In fact, the United States is one of only a very few developed nations to recognize birthright citizenship (Canada is another). And then the most relevant discussion starts about halfway through when she pivots to the role of tribes in the U.S. political system. She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. Chua has some insightful observations about U.S. foreign policy failures that occurred because we didn't understand the powerful role of tribes. France eliminated birthright citizenship in 1993; Ireland, in 2005; New Zealand, in 2006.”, “The Left believes that right-wing tribalism—bigotry, racism—is tearing the country apart. Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks? Posted Oct 19, 2018 I’m a Vietnam veteran, and I learned more about Vietnam’s competing groups (what the war was really about) from Political Tribes than I have known (or thought I knew) all of my adult life. Amy clearly articulates what is happening in our country and how it has happened in other countries before. This is kind of a running theme with Chua's work. Welcome back. But often, one gets the impression that they're not quite what captures the reality of things. Tribal instinct Chua says is both about belonging to a group and excluding others from it. These concepts have long been intertwined in the US's national consciousness, and promote ideals of individualism, human freedom, immigration and so on. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If anything, the trend is in the opposite direction. The problem comes when tribes with differing traditions, perspectives, and values (say, Palestinians vs. Israelis or Republicans vs. Democrats) overlap in physical or virtual space. And for that we need to collectively find a national identity capacious enough to resonate with, and hold together as one people, Americans of all sorts - old and young, immigrant and native born, urban and rural, descendants of slaves as well as descendants of slave owners.”, “Against a backdrop of stark group inequality, the most successful extremist groups offer their members precisely what existing societal institutions do not: a tribe, a sense of belonging and purpose, an enemy to hate and kill, and a chance to reverse the group polarity, turning humiliation into superiority and triumph. She takes a look at the outsized role group identities played in America's past forays in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela and against various terror groups, before finally turning to the country's current internal politics. It is also an instinct to exclude.”, “America’s continued existence as a super-group is under tremendous strain today. America is beginning to display destructive political dynamics much more typical of developing and non-Western countries: ethnonationalist movements; backlash by elites against the masses; popular backlash against both “the establishment” and “outsider minorities” viewed as disproportionately powerful; and, above all, the transformation of democracy into an engine of zero-sum political tribalism.”, Making Peace Between Tribalism and Globalization, Amy Chua on how tribalism is tearing America apart, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, These Truths: A History of the United States, Back-to-School Reading for Adults: The Best New Nonfiction. Afterwards, the consensus was that the Vietnamese had been fighting for national independence. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scientists have scanned people’s brains while conducting experiments similar to the one just described. She’s very sharp, does her homework, and writes really well. Be part of the world’s largest community of book lovers on Goodreads. Read more Trump voters – as Trump voters – aren’t evil, racist or deplorable. This has long been a frustration of mine (as a progressive person who cares deeply about this country). GoodReads Review; Never has our society felt more divided. She doesn’t portray herself in a flattering light there, but I also got to know her through a more humanizing portrayal in J.D. There were so many paragraphs in this book that made me go "Exactly!" Chua has some insightful observations about U.S. foreign policy failures that occurred because we didn't understand the powerful role of tribes. In a biting critique of American foreign policy and analysis of the nation’s divisive culture wars, Chua (Law/Yale Univ. 5 stars! Foreign policy and military officers, in particular. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, “Humans are tribal. In “Political Tribes,” Chua, a law professor at Yale, takes stock. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Chua has her flaws, but she is a great writer. For millions of year humans have lived in small, tribal societies. Tribes promote co-operation between their members, which is the essential human advantage over other species. This is kind of silly, I know, because most people will never read it and will live happy and productive lives anyway. Almost no one is a hermit. 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. This is a timely and provocative book that should be read and discussed by all ideological and ethnic "tribes" in these troubled times. During the Vietnam War, the US thought it was fighting communism. I wasn't disappointed. There were so many paragraphs in this book that made me go "Exactly!" ", Of all the post-Trump dystopia books, this one resonated with me the most. This ultimate failure to convince, in fact, derives from the overall vision‘s inability to confront the very issues that the author identifies at the start. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. I gave this book only 3 stars for reasons explained below...but the book is timely and is very important for a project I'm working on, and I do think most people should understand the concepts discussed here. I highly recommend it. ", “The grand ideals of democracy have a hard time competing with a simpler, more primal need: belonging. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School. Amy Chua doesn’t mince her words. The book first begins by examining American Exceptionalism and the idea of the American nation and American dream. 18 $17.00 $17.00. It will always be the shortest distance between you and another person.”, “The United States spent over $1 trillion on the war in Iraq; some 4,500 American lives were lost. Her basic message being that in order to interact with other countries, we must understand the internal political groups -- or tribes -- and their long term history of relationships, struggles, and loyalties. Paperback $13.18 $ 13. She doesnt portray herself in a flattering light there, but I also got to know her through a more humanizing portrayal in J.D. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Chua says that groups/tribes are central in American life and politics, as they are all over the globe. Start your review of Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes. Rating: 5/5 Goodreads blurb: Humans are tribal. Four and a half stars for me. Easily the most engrossing book Ive read this year. [Final rating: 4.5*]. She traces ethnic tribalism through numerous U.S. foreign policy blunders (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela) to built the framework for how political tribalism is influencing the present moment in the United States. ‘Political Tribes, Group Instinct and The Fate of Nations’ by Amy Chua I purchased ‘Political Tribes, Group Instinct and The Fate of Nations’ by Amy Chua on a work trip to Glasgow earlier in the year. Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua is an interesting examination of tribalism as an internal and very human trait, with a particular focus on the United States and recent bipartisan tensions in that country. Refresh and try again. - A quick and, Conceptually, there isn't really anything that could be considered new here, but it is a very timely reminder of the role of group identities, which Chua terms as "tribes" in the book. She constructs a strong case for how the poorest Americans (especially the white working class, but she also talks about the poorest African Americans and Latinxs) have been systematically cut out and the various means, Compelling argument that I think is well worth the read. This book was like a song on an album you never listen to and then one day you give it a go and you are perplexed as to why you didn't do this sooner. In Political Tribes, Amy Chua diagnoses the cause of our current political discord: tribalism. Overall, insightful, but it felt half baked. Inspired by all the kids heading back to school, we rounded up the best recently published books for... To see what your friends thought of this book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. For those who don’t recognize the name, Amy Chua is the famous “tiger mother” whose parenting memoir hit the book charts and stirred up controversy a few years back. About 15 years ago, she wrote the wonderful World on Fire about nations where elites were supported by dominant economic minorities and where such a configuration of groups could lead to violent conflict against the economic minorities. Amy Chua was interviewed by the amazing Ezra Klein on his podcast: For millions of year humans have lived in small, tribal societies. Slave families were deliberately broken up, and heritages were lost, reduced by the powerful to a pigment and nothing more. I think Chua is right that we need a new vision of America as a multi-cultural nation so that we can bridge the gap across the tribes. 4.2 (2,441 ratings by Goodreads) Paperback. The main thing is that EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT! They close ranks and become more insular, more defensive, more punitive, more us-versus-them. Of course, one group’s claims to feeling threatened and voiceless are often met by another group’s derision because it discounts their own feelings of persecution—but such is political tribalism.”, “Libya, Syria, and Iraq are all, like the United States, postcolonial, multiethnic nations, but none of them has a national identity anywhere close to as strong as ours. The book first begins by examining American Exceptionalism and the idea of the American nation and American dream. “But especially in light of the 2016 presidential election, we should also remember what a testament to American exceptionalism the elections of 2008 and 2012 were from a world-comparative point of view. She traces ethnic tribalism through numerous U.S. foreign policy blunders (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela) to built the framework for how political tribalism is influencing the present moment in the United States. And I believe it should. On the contrary, in sharply divided societies, democracy often galvanizes group conflict, with political movements and parties coalescing around these more primal identities. Amy L. Chua (born 1962) is the John M. Duff, Jr. The problem comes when tribes with differing traditions, perspectives,…more This assumes that you are attempting to integrate into another tribe willingly. It's not just ignorance, racism, or arrogance that predisposes us to ignore ethnic, sectarian, and tribal divisions in the countries where we intervene. We’re very tribal, and it distorts the way we think and feel. In Tribes he attempts to evaluate the political land Its problem lies in the very nature of its vision, not that this is wrong, misguided or anything less than laudable. This is the formula that al-Qaeda and ISIS have exploited.”, “Many lower class Americans view protesters as disreputable and unhelpful, as ‘professional activists’ who are entirely disconnected from the working class because they’ve never experienced struggle in their own personal lives, and who protest mainly to find personal validation.”, “But American group blindness abroad is also rooted in some of our noblest ideals: tolerance, equality, individualism, the power of reason to triumph over irrational hatred, and the conviction that all men are united by their common humanity and love of liberty.”, “The great Enlightenment principles of modernity—liberalism, secularism, rationality, equality, free markets—do not provide the kind of tribal group identity that human beings crave and have always craved. In IR, we are often given a slew of frameworks w/ which to explain failures in foreign policy (e.g., inorganic exportation of modernity, populism, democratic deficits). Start by marking “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations” as Want to Read: Error rating book. However, this also leads to competition with other tribal groups – us against them. The original African slaves brought to America knew - and might have tried to tell their children - that they hailed from the Mandinka tribe or the Ashanti people, or that they were descended from a long line of Yoruba kings. A lot of these are even framed in terms of dichotomous battles: left vs right, Democratic vs Republican, capitalism vs communism. I am not sure I'm as optimistic as she is that we can fix it. The book is short & pithy. In IR, we are often given a slew of frameworks w/ which to explain failures in foreign policy (e.g., inorganic exportation of modernity, populism, democratic deficits). We need to belong to groups. But the tribal instinct is not just an instinct to belong. I couldn't have been more wrong. I imagine she'll get attacked from some on the left for her take on the misuse and distractions of of micro-aggressions and. Overall, insightful, but it felt half baked. We have real racism to deal with and the left has its own tribal language that alienates those not woke enough to understand it. There is nothing particularly new in here (humans are tribal, the US denies this which is why we keep screwing up in our "nation-building efforts abroad," and most crucially, the US is turning more tribal), but I think her analysis is spot-on. It is also an instinct to exclude.”, “America’s continued existence as a super-group is under tremendous strain today. We are evolutionarily adapted to living this way. She constructs a strong case for how the poorest Americans (especially the white working class, but she also talks about the poorest African Americans and Latinxs) have been systematically cut out and the various means through which they distinguish themselves. Write a review. References It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.”. I read Political Tribes because I liked Amy Chua's book The Triple Package and because the topic of political tribalism is really timely. Every group feels attacked, pitted against other groups not just for jobs and spoils but for the right to define the nation's identity. In my readings on extreme speeches (identity politics or hate politics - left and right), I started with some articles, passed by Fukuyama and ended up with Amy Chua. Refresh and try again. These concepts have long been intertwined in the US's national consciousness, and promote ideals of individualism, human freedom, immigration. Very few people have ever given their lives for the American Podiatry Association. We need to belong to groups. This is my third book I have read by Amy Chua, and I have always enjoyed her work. Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. About Political Tribes. The book is short & pithy. Amy Chua has published a new book and it does not concern Tiger Moms. Even now, immigrants from, say, Ghana, Jamaica, or Nigeria are often stunned to discover that in America they are just 'black.”, “This what's so peculiar about America. Enter Amy Chua's book, which taps on a, A scholarly page-turner you didn't know you needed to read. Vances memoir. “Political Tribes,” the newest book from this unconventional writer, is haunted by the events of 2016. You should read it. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged… To order a copy for £17 go to guardianbookshop.com or call 0330 … A shift in tone, rhetoric, and logic has moved identity politics away from inclusion—which had always been the Left’s watchword—toward exclusion and division.”, “Humans aren’t just a little tribal. No European country grants it. --Tom Brokaw, author of The … They have strengthened individual rights and individual liberty, created unprecedented opportunity and prosperity, transformed human consciousness, but they speak to people as individuals and as members of the human race, whereas the tribal instinct occupies the realm in between.”, “Without taking anything away from their important contributions across the globe, U.S. elites often seem to have more compassion for the world’s poor than America’s poor, perhaps because the former are easier to romanticize.”, “America’s elites today, especially progressive ones, often don’t realize how judgmental they are.”, “In our foreign policy, for at least half a century, we have been spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. We are evolutionarily adapted to living this way. • Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua is published by Bloomsbury (£20). Chua is not naive, however, and deftly shows the controversy and hypocrisy that often works hand in hand with this consciousness. America has made this mistake over and over again.”, “Today, no group in America feels comfortably dominant. A lot of these are even framed in terms of dichotomous battles: left vs right, Democratic vs Republican, capitalism vs communism. Error rating book. “America’s continued existence as a super-group is under tremendous strain today. February 20th 2018 This is kind of a running theme with Chua's work. Political Tribes : Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. Such narratives fundamentally undermine the civic relationships that make democracy work. 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