You should read it. I highly recommend it. The book first begins by examining American Exceptionalism and the idea of the American nation and American dream. I wasn't disappointed. Some have a much stronger grip than others and are more politically galvanizing. Be part of the world’s largest community of book lovers on Goodreads. ", “The grand ideals of democracy have a hard time competing with a simpler, more primal need: belonging. These concepts have long been intertwined in the US's national consciousness, and promote ideals of individualism, human freedom, immigration. 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. Political Tribes : Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. We need to belong to groups. Overall, insightful, but it felt half baked. And then the most relevant discussion starts about halfway through when she pivots to the role of tribes in the U.S. political system. 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. 4.2 (2,441 ratings by Goodreads) Paperback. 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. The author takes us through one U.S. foreign relations debacle after another. No Asian country grants it. by Amy Chua | Jun 25, 2019. Enter Amy Chua's book, which taps on a, A scholarly page-turner you didn't know you needed to read. The problem comes when tribes with differing traditions, perspectives,…more This assumes that you are attempting to integrate into another tribe willingly. 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. - 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. We have been both exceptionally racist and exceptionally inclusive.”, “In a related context, Nigerian American novelist Teju Cole once tweeted, “The White Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. There were so many paragraphs in this book that made me go "Exactly!" Overall, insightful, but it felt half baked. GoodReads Review; Never has our society felt more divided. Before I get into my thoughts on the book, I feel like I need to explain some background of what got me interested in reading it. She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization. Here she does a great service in helping us understand. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. 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. 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. We are evolutionarily adapted to living this way. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged… About Political Tribes. Chua says that groups/tribes are central in American life and politics, as they are all over the globe. Political Tribes review – an unreliable guide to the American Dream. Of all the post-Trump dystopia books, this one resonated with me the most. But the tribal instinct is not just an instinct to belong. I am not sure I'm as optimistic as she is that we can fix it. If it didn't, it would be a book appealing to one ideology over another and defeats the whole purpose of analyzing political tribalism and the appeal and danger that comes from both engaging in it and also by ignoring 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. And if we want to save our nation, we need to come to grips with its growing power at home.”, “America’s elites miscalled the 2016 election in part because they don’t understand—even look down on—what matters most to America’s nonelites.”, “Racism is group consciousness at its most repugnant, built on the premise that human beings can be divided by skin color into innately superior and inferior groups. This has long been a frustration of mine (as a progressive person who cares deeply about this country). I couldn't have been more wrong. For me, this was a very clear and serene book, which sees both sides of the problem, the two identity politics. Every group feels attacked, pitted against other groups not just for jobs and spoils but for the right to define the nation's identity. Even monks and friars belong to orders. She doesnt portray herself in a flattering light there, but I also got to know her through a more humanizing portrayal in J.D. Chua is not naive, however, and deftly shows the controversy and hypocrisy that often works hand in hand with this consciousness. 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.”, “Group identification can powerfully reinforce these conformity effects. 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. Tribes promote co-operation between their members, which is the essential human advantage over other species. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. 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 tend to view the world in terms of territorial nation-states engaged in great ideological battles - Capitalism versus Communism, Democracy versus Authoritarianism, the 'Free World' versus the 'Axis of Evil.' The religious side of this "tribe apart" has been discussed at length by such journalists as. This is kind of a running theme with Chua's work. Amy Chua was interviewed by the amazing Ezra Klein on his podcast: For millions of year humans have lived in small, tribal societies. A lot of these are even framed in terms of dichotomous battles: left vs right, Democratic vs Republican, capitalism vs communism. Vances memoir. Political Tribes is a wakeup call to the dangers of surrendering national unity to a fractured landscape of feuding and narrow interests." In these conditions, democracy devolves into zero-sum group competition - pure political tribalism.”, “The Fourteenth Amendment was not only revolutionary in its own time. But I suppose her advice in the epilogue for engagement and dialogue is the best way to start. The book was praised by author J. D. Vance, a former student of Chua and author of Hillbilly Elegy, saying that "Political Tribes is a beautifully written, eminently readable, and uniquely important challenge to conventional wisdom." But the tribal instinct is not just an instinct to belong. Rating: 5/5 Goodreads blurb: Humans are tribal. We’d love your help. But even as they were stripped of their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, America's slaves were also stripped of these ethnic identities. 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. ; Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, 2011, etc.) Instead of tribal factionalism, we have seen conflicts in terms of ideological battles – mainly democracy versus communism, socialism versus capitalism. But she is very insightful and this is a good book that will make a significant contribution to the debate over the state of America and our collective future. For millions of year humans have lived in small, tribal societies. 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. Very few people have ever given their lives for the American Podiatry Association. And it’s not just that people tend to think what their fellow tribe members think. Welcome back. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Instead of tribal factionalism, we have seen conflicts in terms of ideological battles mainly democracy versus communism, socialism versus capitalism. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Her writing simultaneously makes me feel incredibly ignorant, educated, and relieved that someone is out there who can transcend both sides of the aisle while crafting logical arguments that nobody wants to hear but everyone should. Chua has some insightful observations about U.S. foreign policy failures that occurred because we didn't understand the powerful role of tribes. A MUST read for Liberals and Conservatives. We need to belong to groups. Compelling argument that I think is well worth the read. Tribes promote co-operation between their members, which is the essential human advantage over other species. 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. Namely, US foreign policy keeps failing because it fails to see the groups it deals with as "tribes." This is my third book I have read by Amy Chua, and I have always enjoyed her work. I learned a lot of really interesting stuff in Prof. Chua's book. Vance’s memoir. Amy L. Chua (born 1962) is the John M. Duff, Jr. The book is short & pithy. The book first begins by examining American Exceptionalism and the idea of the American nation and American dream. But it is still a very good book and a very important book that most people would profit by reading. So it is not indispensable like, say, water is indispensable. Even monks and friars belong to orders. by Penguin Press. By (author) Amy Chua. Welcome back. 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. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.”. This is a timely and provocative book that should be read and discussed by all ideological and ethnic "tribes" in these troubled times. Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. 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. 5 stars! Yet, paradoxically, racism is also a form of group blindness. Their findings, as one writer puts it, suggest that: “group identification is both innate and almost immediate.”, “America's distinctive history - its ethnicity-transcending national identity and its unusual success in assimilating people from diverse origins - has shaped how we see the rest of the world and has deeply influenced our foreign policy. Refresh and try again. In the United States, immigrant communities from all sorts of background have become 'Americans'; why wouldn't Sunnis and Shias, Arabs and Kurds, all similarly become 'Iraqis'?”, “As a Coptic priest in New York put it, “[H]umility is a mediator. I’m really glad I went into this book knowing something about Amy Chua, or it would have been much tougher to get through. I did not have high expectations for this book which might be one of the reasons why I become fond of it. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School. Chua has her flaws, but she is a great writer. - A quick and interesting read, I would give it 5* except that it somehow feels a bit too short, as if there is yet more that could be explored. Refresh and try again. February 20th 2018 They are both right.”, “America's elites today, especially progressive ones, often don't realize how judgmental they are. Such narratives fundamentally undermine the civic relationships that make democracy work. The Right believes that left-wing tribalism—identity politics, political correctness—is tearing the country apart. Racial categories like 'black,' 'white,' and 'Asian' erase ethnic differences and identities. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. No other major power in the world has ever democratically elected a racial minority head of state. 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. I have things to say about this book. In countries like these, it can be a catastrophic mistake to imagine that through democratic elections, people will suddenly rally around a national identity and overcome their preexisting ethnic, religious, sectarian, and tribal divides. 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. She’s very sharp, does her homework, and writes really well. Write a review. America has made this mistake over and over again.”, “Today, no group in America feels comfortably dominant. 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. Foreign policy and military officers, in particular. Whether you lean left or right, this book will make you uncomfortable. You should read it. It's not just ignorance, racism, or arrogance that predisposes us to ignore ethnic, sectarian, and tribal divisions in the countries where we intervene. “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. I imagine she'll get attacked from some on the left for her take on the misuse and distractions of of micro-aggressions and intersectionality, but I am with her. 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). The grand ideals of democracy have a hard time competing with a simpler, more primal need: belonging. 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. We need to belong to groups. There were so many paragraphs in this book that made me go "Exactly!" One of the most powerful forms of group identity—and the focal point of political tribalism and violence all over the world today—is ethnicity.”, “It's not enough that we view one another as fellow human beings; we need to view on another as fellow Americans. We crave bonds and attachments, which is why we love clubs, teams, fraternities, family. Read more Trump voters – as Trump voters – aren’t evil, racist or deplorable. Four and a half stars for me. Goodreads; Cuties and Cognitive Dissonance. “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. They close ranks and become more insular, more defensive, more punitive, more us-versus-them. Slave families were deliberately broken up, and heritages were lost, reduced by the powerful to a pigment and nothing more. They will do what their fellow tribe members do—even to the point of savagery.”, “When groups feel threatened, they retreat into tribalism. I read Political Tribes because I liked Amy Chua's book The Triple Package and because the topic of political tribalism is really timely. This is kind of a running theme with Chua's work. Amy L. Chua (born 1962) is the John M. Duff, Jr. Paperback $13.18 $ 13. I imagine she'll get attacked from some on the left for her take on the misuse and distractions of of micro-aggressions and. But often, one gets the impression that they're not quite what captures the reality of things. • Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua is published by Bloomsbury (£20). Almost no one is a hermit. 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. "Political Tribes is a beautifully written, eminently readable, and uniquely important challenge to conventional wisdom. 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. This may be why both political tribes tend to save their fiercest wrath for those inside the tribe who don’t join every charge against the Enemy. 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. Chua makes the argument that American politics (policy, journalism, activism) doesn't pay enough attention to the tribal nature in the US. She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. During the Vietnam War, the US thought it was fighting communism. When Trump, the real wolf, came along, no one listened.”, “The impulse to form group identities and favor in-group members has a neurological basis. 5 stars! We have real racism to deal with and the left has its own tribal language that alienates those not woke enough to understand it. It is also an instinct to exclude.”, “America’s continued existence as a super-group is under tremendous strain today. [Final rating: 4.5*]. These concepts have long been intertwined in the US's national consciousness, and promote ideals of individualism, human freedom, immigration and so on. Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. Tribal instinct Chua says is both about belonging to a group and excluding others from it. Foreign policy and military officers, in particular. 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. 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. Birthright citizenship remains extremely rare even today. Get it as soon ... Goodreads Book reviews & recommendations: IMDb Movies, TV & Celebrities: IMDbPro Get Info Entertainment Professionals Need: Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published References We’re very tribal, and it distorts the way we think and feel. Americans didn’t know how to “win” the war. But often, one gets the impression that they're not quite what captures the reality of things. Shelves: netgalley, political-diplomacy-terrorism, psych-religion-self-help. This blindness has been the Achilles' heel of U.S. foreign policy.”, “If we want to get our foreign policy right - if we don't want to be perpetually caught off guard, fighting unwinnable wars, and stuck having to choose between third- and fourth-best options - the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad. And I believe it should. Easily the most engrossing book Ive read this year. I read Political Tribes because I liked Amy Chua's book The Triple Package and because the topic of political tribalism is really timely. Whites and blacks, Latinos and Asians, men and women, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, straight people and gay people, liberals and conservatives—all feel their groups are being attacked, bullied, persecuted, discriminated against. And then the most relevant discussion starts about halfway through when she pivots to the role of tribes in the U.S. political system. Blinded by our own ideological prisms, we have repeatedly ignored more primal group identities, which for billions are the most powerful and meaningful, and which drive political upheaval all over the world. However, this also leads to competition with other tribal groups – us against them. ", Of all the post-Trump dystopia books, this one resonated with me the most. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If anything, the trend is in the opposite direction. But not all group identities are equally potent. 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. Find and read more books you’ll love, and keep track of the books you want to read. 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. “Political Tribes is a beautifully written, eminently readable, and uniquely important challenge to conventional wisdom. 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. 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. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Im really glad I went into this book knowing something about Amy Chua, or it would have been much tougher to get through. “Political Tribes,” the newest book from this unconventional writer, is haunted by the events of 2016. Calling people stupid, morons, Nazis, etc is a surefire way of ensuring much-needed dialogue never takes place in a meaningful way. 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. This is the first book I have read in 2018 that I would call "indispensable." The easy stories - the ones about how our tribe is the best and the members of other tribes aren't really people - have disastrous effects when they emerge in a diverse democratic society. 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. 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. An Outstanding Analysis of Political Views in the U.S. Hidden Tribes is an excellent analysis of the things that divide us. 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. It is the classic we-they dynamic that, she argues, the U.S. has been “spectacularly blind to” in the conduct of its foreign policy – Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. Here she does a great service in helping us understand better the mindset of enthusiastic Trump supporters, something I'm trying to get my arms around better. The book is short & pithy. It is also an instinct to exclude.”, “America’s continued existence as a super-group is under tremendous strain today. 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. We crave bonds and attachments, which is why we love clubs, teams, fraternities, family. We need to belong to groups. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scientists have scanned people’s brains while conducting experiments similar to the one just described. Start by marking “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I really did not enjoy this book. (Chua then goes on to display her vast knowledge of migrant history, ethnography, and international relations to support this claim.). I wasn't disappointed. Start your review of Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes. No European country grants it. Amy Chua has published a new book and it does not concern Tiger Moms. It explains their rising, how they feed each other, in what can be a pernicious cycle. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. 18 $17.00 $17.00. Amy clearly articulates what is happening in our country and how it has happened in other countries before. On the contrary, in sharply divided societies, democracy often galvanizes group conflict, with political movements and parties coalescing around these more primal identities. Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks? 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. Geoffrey L. Cohen, “Party over Policy: The Dominating Impact of Group Influence on Political Beliefs,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 85 (2003): 808–22. Shes very sharp, does her homework, and writes really well. In Political Tribes, Amy Chua diagnoses the cause of our current political discord: tribalism. Amy Chua doesnt mince her words. I picked up Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations because it was highly rated by Goodreads members, though I hesitated because I associated Amy Chua with one of her earlier works, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which deals with her attempts to parent in the Chinese way. A scholarly page-turner you didn't know you needed to read. In a biting critique of American foreign policy and analysis of the nation’s divisive culture wars, Chua (Law/Yale Univ. Tribal instinct Chua says is both about belonging to a group and excluding others from it. The main thing is that EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT! 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. 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