Tribes, by Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin, a journalist based in Los Angeles, has previously written on American relations with Asia and on the California economy. In the present book he seeks to paint a broad picture of the noneconomic realities affecting the international economy. But while Tribes makes some interesting and valid points, it falls considerably short of the promise implied in its subtitle.
Contrary to widely held beliefs, Kotkin argues, ours is not an age of increasing universalism. Rather, various particularities—of nationality, ethnicity, and religion—are experiencing impressive revivals. Nor, despite what many people believe, is ours simply an age of nationalism, of nation-states competing for political and economic power. Rather, important entities both below and above the level of the nation-state are playing a role in the emerging global economy.
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