The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World

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Anchor Books, 2010 - Political Science - 176 pages
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The first book to investigate the far-reaching emotional impact of globalization. Dominique Mo´si, an authority on international affairs, argues that our post-9/11 world has become divided by more than cultural fault lines. He chronicles how the geopolitics of today is characterized by a "clash of emotions," and how cultures of fear, humiliation, and hope are reshaping the world. Mo´si contends that the United States and Europe have been dominated by fears of the "other" and of their loss of a national identity and purpose. For Muslims, the combination of historical grievances, exclusion from the economic boon of globalization, and civil and religious conflicts have created a culture of humiliation that is quickly devolving into a culture of hatred. Meanwhile, Asia has been able to concentrate on building a better future and seizing the economic initiative from the American-dominated West, creating a new culture of hope. How will these varying emotions influence the political, social, and cultural conflicts that roil our world? And what will the effect of the world economic crisis be?--From publisher description

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Very interesting read with the focus and spotlight on two countries where hope is very much alive and kicking, China and India (Chindia). While both countries are experiencing blistering growth rates ... Read full review

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"Fear against hope, hope against humiliation, leading to sheer irrationality and even sometimes, to violence - one cannot comprehend the world in which we live without examining the emotions that help ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Dominique Mo si is a founder of and now a senior adviser to the French Institute of International Affairs (IFRI) in Paris. He writes a column for the Financial Times and contributes to Foreign Affairs. In spring 2009 Mo si was a visiting professor in the Department of Government, and the Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, at Harvard University. He is a Professor of International Relations at the College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw).

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