As we travel more and as cultures mingle and borders disappear, our class, religion, nationality or gender should matter less than ever before. And yet, the way we think and live, who we vote for and who we fear is more, not less, dictated by personal identity.
In Who are We? Gary Younge asks important questions about the way our world is changing, how we are recoiling into refuges of religion or class, race or region as a means of survival in the face of a state seemingly indifferent to our lives. Looking for answers in his Stevenage childhood; in South African townships and Irish beauty pageants and seeing the connections between the powerful elite and the poor immigrant, the Islamic fundamentalists and the American conservative, Younge looks deep into the heart of modern society and challenges the assumptions, and fears, that dictate the way we live now.