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Description - Identity Mania by Thomas Meyer

How do culturally determined political conflicts arise? Thomas Meyer suggests that most religions share core values, and difference only leads to intolerance and violence when politically ambitious leaderships exploit it. Hence the essentially political phenomenon of fundamentalism, which occurs in all civilizations, he argues, when triggered by social crisis. In the age of globalization, social crisis grows out of an exclusionary dynamic that maginalizes growing numbers of people. Deepening inequality between North and South has undermined popular confidence in secular leaders' vision of development and triggered a divisive fundamentalism that declares war on modernism and traditionalism alike. Political strategies to defeat fundamentalism and the identity mania that accompanies it need economic and social structures that do not exclude or make people insecure, but give citizens a common interest in a socially responsible market economy, which delivers to all.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842770634
ISBN-10: 1842770632
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 148
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Dortmund. He has taught and conducted research in several countries, including India, and is the author of numerous essays and books on culture and politics, political communication, and socialism.

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