The Political Psychology of Globalization: Muslims in the West

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

byCatarina Kinnvall, Paul Nesbitt-Larking

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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/I explores how these shifts and shocks have influenced the way in which Muslim minorities in western countries formtheir 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 asplaces 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 thatfocus 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 onrecognition, 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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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/I explores how these shifts and shocks have influenced the way in which Muslim minorities in western countries formtheir identities as political actors. Catarina ...

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...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199747547

ISBN - 13:9780199747542

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