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The American Century: Consensus and Coercion in the Projection of American Power / Edition 1
     

The American Century: Consensus and Coercion in the Projection of American Power / Edition 1

by David Slater
 

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ISBN-10: 0631212213

ISBN-13: 9780631212218

Pub. Date: 11/15/1999

Publisher: Wiley

This book brings together studies of Americanization and American imperialism to assess how far the twentieth century can be seen as the "American Century". The collection comprises new contributions exploring the "geographic dialogues" that arise as the result of the projection of American power and culture in the world. The book provides a critical evaluation of

Overview

This book brings together studies of Americanization and American imperialism to assess how far the twentieth century can be seen as the "American Century". The collection comprises new contributions exploring the "geographic dialogues" that arise as the result of the projection of American power and culture in the world. The book provides a critical evaluation of the extent of the diffusion and adoption of the "American way of life" and the very concept of "America" itself.

The contributors focus on the effects of the projection of American society from the perspective of the "receivers", both as beneficiaries and as victims. The sections examine three main forms of American power: economic, political and cultural. Topics covered include the role of US corporations; financial power; overseas service investments; American promotion of democracy; the Cold War and the Third World; Hollywood and the American dream; global Disney; the globalization of media; and the influence of American music. The book concludes by looking forward to ask if we are entering a second American century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631212218
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/15/1999
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsix
Prefacexi
Part IIntroductions: American Destiny?
1Locating the American Century: A World-systems Analysis1
2Locating the American Century: Themes for a Post-colonial Perspective17
Part IIEconomic Capacities: American Know-how?
3Global Shift -- the Role of United States Transnational Corporations35
4The Dynamics of US Managerialism and American Corporations51
5Overseas Investment by US Service Enterprises67
6The Rise and Decline of US International Monetary Hegemony84
7The 'New' Developmentalism: Political Liberalism and the Washington Consensus98
Part IIIPolitical Capacities: The Arsenal of Democracy?
8Inaugurating the American Century: 'New World' Perspectives on the 'Old' in the Early Twentieth Century117
9European Integration and American Power: Reflex, Resistance and Reconfiguration136
10The United States, the 'Triumph of Democracy' and the 'End of History'149
11Taking the Cold War to the Third World166
12US Influence in the Making of the Contemporary Amazon Heartland181
13American Power and the Portuguese Empire195
14The Reality of American Idealism210
15Contradictions of a Lone Superpower222
Part IVCultural Capacities: The American Dream?
16Occult Hollywood: Unfolding the Americanization of World Cinema243
17Global Disney261
18'The Kind of Beat Which is Currently Popular': American Popular Music in Britain273
19American Philanthropy as Cultural Power284
20Between North and South: Travelling Feminisms and Homeless Women298
21Americanization of the World317
Part VConclusion: American Centuries?
22Multiple Themes, One America; One Theme, Multiple Americas341
Index349

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