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Description - The Political Psychology of Globalization by Catarina Kinnvall

In an increasingly globalized world, there are new economic, strategic, cultural, and political forces at work. The Political Psychology of Globalization: Muslims in the West explores how these shifts and shocks have influenced the way in which Muslim minorities in western countries form their identities as political actors. Catarina Kinnvall and Paul Nesbitt-Larking uncover three identity strategies adopted by Muslims in the West: retreatism, essentialism, and engagement. Six western countries - Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom - serve as places for exploration of the emergence of these Muslim political identities. These countries are discussed in light of their colonial histories, patterns of immigration, and citizenship regimes. Although retreatism, essentialism, and engagement occur in Muslim citizens of each of the six western nations discussed in this book, the countries that are best able to balance individual and community rights are most successful in promoting the politics of engagement. In contrast, regimes that focus on anti-terrorist legislation and discourses, and support majority political cultures that are exclusionary, also promote retreatism and essentialist identity strategies in both minority and majority communities. The authors discuss the importance of a climate of engagement that is based on recognition, dialogue, deep multiculturalism, a new global and "cosmopolitical" consciousness, and a sense of political identity that transcends national boundaries and regimes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199747542
ISBN-10: 0199747547
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 173mm x 24mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jul-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Catarina Kinnvall

Catarina Kinnvall is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lund University in Sweden. She is also a former Vice President of the International Society of Political Psychology. Her research interests include political psychology, security, globalization, religion, and nationalism, with a particular focus on South Asia and Europe. She is the author of Globalization and Religious Nationalism in India: The Search for Ontological Security (Routledge), co-editor of On Behalf of Others: The Psychology of Care in a Global World (Oxford University Press), and author of numerous articles and book chapters. Paul Nesbitt-Larking is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Huron University College in Canada. His work on power, discourse, and identity is situated within the research traditions of critical theory, political psychology, and political sociology. His publications include Politics, Society, and the Media, published by the University of Toronto Press, and over fifty scholarly articles and book chapters.