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Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy
Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy
By Joel Kotkin
Random House, 1993, 343 pp

Through case studies of the Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Indians, "Anglo-Americans," and others, the author explores the ways that kinship, racial, and ethnic ties have created new international business networks. This book is a useful counterpoint to the currently fashionable despair about nationalism, and it examines a positive side of ethnicity, kinship, and religion. But the book's analysis is extremely confused, as when it assigns the rubric of "tribes" to Anglo-Americans as well as to groups like the overseas Chinese and Indians, who operate networks based on blood ties.