Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745399942 Published August 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745399959 Published August 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Do I Belong?

Reflections from Europe

Edited by Antony Lerman

Do I Belong?

Edited by Antony Lerman

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745399942 Published August 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745399959 Published August 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Beginning in childhood, one of our strongest and most fundamental human emotions is the desire to belong. This emotion extends beyond merely the self, affecting on a macro scale at a political level. Since its foundation in 1957, the European Union has encouraged people across its member states to feel a sense of belonging to one united international community—with very mixed results. Today, faced with the fracturing impact of the migration crisis, threats of terrorism, and rising tensions, governments within and outside the EU now seek to impose a different kind of belonging through policies of exclusion and border control.
 
In this collection of personal essays, a diverse group of novelists, journalists, and activists reflect on their own individual senses of citizen belonging. In creative and disarming ways, they confront the challenges of nationalism, populism, racism, and fundamentalism and offer fascinating insights into some of the most pressing questions of our day: Why do people fear growing diversity? Is there truly a European identity? Who determines who belongs?

Literary, accessible, and timely, Do I Belong? provides unique commentary on an insufficiently understood and defining phenomenon of our age.
Review Quotes
Amin Maalouf, author of Disordered World
"In today’s world, no task is more crucial than the harmonious management of diversity. And none is more arduous. Whoever hopes to address that issue efficiently needs to listen to voices coming from all over the world and from all walks of life. Like the voices gathered in this book."
Walter Veltroni, writer, journalist and politician
"Voices like the ones in this book show us the beauty of European diversity and the quest of belonging in a pluralistic society. In times of rising populism and nationalist closure we need to ask questions of how we want us and our children to live in a complex world in order to find answers for the missing link of togetherness."
Slavenka Drakulic, author of The Balkan Express: Fragments From the Other Side of War
"A necessary and thought-provoking book at a time of dangerous changes in Europe....these essays are a good remedy against growing fear and hatred."
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