Identity has become a defining—and divisive—political concept around the world. In recent years appeals to group identity have underpinned the election of Donald Trump, the success of the Brexit “leave” campaign, the rise of politicized Islam and anti-immigrant nationalism, and the emergence of powerful social movements like #metoo. But as demands for recognition based on nationality, ethnicity, religion, and gender have risen in prominence, these narrower identities are conflicting with the universal values of liberal democracy, argues Francis Fukuyama. What is driving the focus on identity in politics today? And can identity be molded in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy?
Copies of Francis Fukuyama’s new book Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.
Background reading and multimedia
- Against Identity Politics: The New Tribalism and the Crisis of Democracy
Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs, August 14, 2018