Who Do We Think We Are?
Journalists Gary Younge and Jeffrey Kaye wrestled with “identity” in this thought-provoking session.
Younge assessed that identity politics may be a great place to start an idea of self and community but a terrible place to conclude. Kaye examined what he terms ‘coyote capitalism’, a strategy which defines people, like other natural resources, as supplies to be shifted around to meet demand.
Both writers offered a provocative critique of the way society works and the struggle to define community in the 21st century.
Jeffrey Kaye is a journalist, writer, and producer. He is the author of Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration and a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, with an abiding interest in immigration.
Hannah Pool is a freelance journalist and author of My Father’s Daughter, her memoir about identity and the effects of adoption.