Why does identity demand a choice between black and white? Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Are we hard wired for hate? Stan Grant argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism. On Identity is a meditation on hope and community. ‘Love is always the answer, it is said. Not if you are trying from somewhere in the Aboriginal domain to answer the cruel question, Are you black or white? Mapping family ties or finding a sense of self should be about love, but in the end, it is too often about politics. You must read this book if you have wondered why we make the choices we do.’ MARCIA LANGTON
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