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

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  184 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In the first book to investigate the far-reaching emotional impact of globalization, Dominique Moïsi shows how the geopolitics of today is characterized by a “clash of emotions.” The West, he argues, is dominated and divided by fear. For Muslims and Arabs, a culture of humiliation is quickly devolving into a culture of hatred. Asia, on the other hand, has been able to conc ...more
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Published May 5th 2009 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2008)
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Santo
In 1993, Samuel Huntington introduced the theory that conflicts would emanate from frictions along race, ethnic, and religious lines. In particular, he outlined the potential clashes among the western, muslim, Confucian, and orthodox civilizations. I still remember the first time I read that article for my Intro to IR class at the University of British Columbia.

Indeed, many debates came about from Huntington’s theory. Some people voiced out views in favor of Huntington, while others thought that
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Michelle
Well. This was, um, different.
I am really taken with the basic premise, that of finding a way to analyze emotion as an element of international relations. There was some thought-provoking content here, and some real potential in adding this as a tool to the way we look at the nations in the world around us.
That said, the book has some glaring weaknesses. I feel Moisi really left a lot of the potential of the topic untouched; in the introduction he outlined some possible ways to begin to study a
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Marija Radoman
Inasmuch as this book refers to contemporary events and conflicts, it is a pity that it was written before Mubarak’s fall, Arab Spring and the latest exacerbation of Syrian conflict. These events would definitely add noteworthy tone to already enthralling observations of the author. However, “The Geopolitics of Emotion” is a study of global dynamics and their changes with an impact on emotions, which serve as a measure of success, decay, development or stagnation. Dominique Moïsi is offering his ...more
Anja Weber
GEOPOLITIKA EMOCIJA, DOMINIK MOJSI, KLIO, BEOGRAD, 2012.
Jedna Od retkih sociološko – Antropoloških knjiga; koja sa političko filozofskog stanovištvu sagledava emotivnu obojenost kontinenata, naroda i kultura/ religija; te njihovu sadašnju poziciju u okviru geostrateških konstelacija. Dominik Mojsi, sociolog-antropolog; polazi od nekolika veoma bitnih elemenata psihičke strukture čovekove svesti / podsvesti a za njega su polazne tačke emocije: nada, strah i poniženje. Ako se osvrnemo i zagledamo
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Anja Weber
GEOPOLITIKA EMOCIJA, DOMINIK MOJSI, KLIO, BEOGRAD, 2012.
Jedna Od retkih sociološko – Antropoloških knjiga; koja sa političko filozofskog stanovištvu sagledava emotivnu obojenost kontinenata, naroda i kultura/ religija; te njihovu sadašnju poziciju u okviru geostrateških konstelacija. Dominik Mojsi, sociolog-antropolog; polazi od nekolika veoma bitnih elemenata psihičke strukture čovekove svesti / podsvesti a za njega su polazne tačke emocije: nada, strah i poniženje. Ako se osvrnemo i zagledamo
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Bárbara
I absolutely loved this book!!!

It's one of best political books I've read lately. It might sound a little bit obvious at first, the way he describes countries/continents and associate them with specific emotions, but he goes deeper and leaves important ideas and insights. It's a really good portray of political trends, showing how emotions (fear, humiliation and hope) shaped and shape the current state of affairs. He illustrates everything with clear examples and even with personal stories, wha
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Daniel Solera
The title of this book alone intrigued me. I thought the book was going to talk about the ways in which the titular emotions play into the specific speeches and dialogues of world leaders – such as politicians inspiring their constituents through hope-filled rhetoric (Obama); theocrats stoking the fires of vengeance through hate (takfir and fatwas) or polarizing media outlets using fear to inflate trivial matters to that of national catastrophe and in the process sell more expensive ad space.

Dom
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Marina
I'm only giving this book three stars because I'm glad topics like this are finally being treated in somewhat mainstream literature. Otherwise, I found this book rather superficial. In his attempt to make the book accessible by many, Moïsi fails to provide any sort of ontological and methodological justification for his project. I'd say the success of the book is partly due to the convincing writing style, which does present the book as a thesis that partly goes without saying. In fact, I find t ...more
Juliette
A nice try to give an emotional portrait of the world (the west, the asian, the arab world and the africa). Information collection plus first hand experiences give the author a certain insight as for how emotions are reshaping the world.
However, being more litterature and art oriented, M.Moisi tends to be too optimistic in certain areas, such as his approval for Dubai's "booming" economy and the rush conclusion that "Arab and democracy can be compatible" based on Dubai's model (I don't deny tha
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Andre
Fascinating. A bit like Lucy Van Pelt explaining "little known facts" to Linus and Charlie Brown --http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkTYz6.... Moisi proposes and intriguing and promising concept, i.e. that the emotional climate prevailing among peoples can be mapped like their political and cultural environment, and that understanding this national zeitgeist can better help us understand what is happening in the world so that we can better chart our own future. However, he tends to overgeneralize ...more
Tim Hoiland
What does emotion have to do with geopolitics? Everything, according to Dominique Moïsi, author of The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope Are Reshaping the World (Anchor Doubleday). Moïsi, a French political scientist, Harvard professor, and son of an Auschwitz survivor, argues that we cannot understand the events of history without careful consideration of the role of emotions, “which seem to control us much more than we control them.” The world, he says, is cha ...more
Karmen
Book has few interesting ideas but they are touched only on the surface. Aims to dig deep but doesn't want to get one's hands dirty. A pitty.
Mark F
An amazing book - one of the first books I have truly enjoyed reading in quite some time.



An insightful and conscise thesis of our [the world's] emotions of fear, humilation, and hope collectively through a remapping of geographic and political realitities in an age of globalization and the how these emotions in concert with cultural, social and econonic factors are reshaping international relations, political trends and conflicts, and ultimately the world.



A response to Samuel Huntington’s "The
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Libby
For the first 120 pages or so I figured the book was just anecdotal and oversimplifying - flaws but not sins.
Then I got to "Just as abused children often abuse their own children, the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians, blending ignorance, disdain, and brutality, may be linked to the scars the Israelis carry from the recent Jewish past."
I do not tolerate books and authors who propagate misinformation. A small minority of abuse victims go on to perpetuate violence themselves. A distinct fact
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Kipahni
Leave it to a frenchman to tell us all who we are.
But seriously it is an interesting concept that I can totally see, in particular with the dealings of the middle east. For having lived there I see the humiliation-and I would add opression that is palable in such a society. While americans live in fear I think we try to remain hopeful- almost to a fault in that we hope that each president will SAVE us from the previous presidents mistakes only to be crushed when things can't be fixed quicker th
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Barb
This is written by a French economist who has worked in the U.S. It is one of the best books I've read about world politics and I highly recommend it. He maps the political world based on the emotions of fear (U.S. and Europe,) hope (India and China), and humiliation (the Mideast) and gives a couple of alternative scenarios for 2025. After reading this I had a better understanding of why Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize. He hasn't really earned it but the world is still highly invested in A ...more
Rhesa
I know majority of IR scholars or IR community will look down this book, as the author has predicted before hand, but call it what you like, for me this is a groundbreaking work, it introduces the psychology in IR, who to say that only politics & sociology have the `authoritative` perspective on IR? by bringing psychology, IR brodens its perspective and, like the dream of the author, IR could diagnose & provide the right therapy of the psychological sickness of a country or people group.
Triin Teppo
I read syncronically to Samuel Huntington ("Clash of civilizations.."), so this was a great comparison.
Moisi's view was thrilling went it came to Europe. He questioned, how is Europe defining itself? Culturally or politically? For Moisi, europeans are living under fear (this is one of the emotions). Cultural fear. Good example here is Turkey. Politically they would have been already accepted to EU but because of fear for moslems, EU has not done it yet.
Great thoughts!
Marc
Analyse van de wereldsituatie anno 2008, aan de hand van psychologische categorieën angst, vernedering en hoop. Zo'n benadering heeft het voordeel de zaken eenvoudig en doorzichtig voor te stellen, het nadeel is dat de complexiteit niet helemaal tot zijn recht komt. Maar de poging is alleszins verdienstelijk!
Jpp
Brillant! Enfin des idées fraiches et documentées sur les conflits de civilisation. Son partage du monde entre peur, humiliation et espoir apporte beaucoup à la reflexion. Un seul regret: avoir dissocié lAmérique latine de l'Occident alors qu'elle en constitue au contraire l'avenir et un des premiers espoirs!
Amandine
Some interesting remarks and enlightening about the world situation through the prism of emotions ( fear, humiliation and hope) continent after continent .
A little bit repetitive and generalized sometimes though
Steve
Jul 03, 2010 Steve marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Saturday, 3 July 2010. Stumbled upon this book while browsing in the Cannon Beach Book Company. Read an opinion piece by the author in the International Herald Tribune when we were in London, 28 October 2010.
Andrew Pople
An insightful, unorthodox read. Perhaps were I more knowledgable in world history I would have gotten more from Moisi's unique perspective.
It's dated a little but well worth the effort...
Ashwath
A good book. It is very frank, thought-provoking and has tried its best to be unbiased. The language is very clear and the ideas have been expressed well. A very good read.
Samar Alshishakli
it is a good book which enlightens the idea how cultures of fear,humiliation,and hope are reshaping the world
Anwaar
It was a nice reading although I disagreed with the author in a couple of topics!
Séverine
VERY CLEAR VERY POWERFUL VERY WISE! It helps me understand how the world works!
Nix
Oct 22, 2012 Nix rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nix by: Florencia Camerano
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Dominique Moïsi, a professor at L'Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), is Senior Adviser at the French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI) and a visiting professor at King’s College London. He is the author of The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World.
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