American Multiculturalism After 9/11

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This groundbreaking volume explores the multicultural debate that has evolved in the United States and Europe since the cataclysmic events of 9/11. Instead of suggesting closure by presenting a unified narrative about cultural diversity, national identity, and social stratification, the essays in this well-balanced collection present a variety of perspectives, each highlighting the undiminished relevance of key issues such as immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, while also pointing to unresolved conflicts ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking volume explores the multicultural debate that has evolved in the United States and Europe since the cataclysmic events of 9/11. Instead of suggesting closure by presenting a unified narrative about cultural diversity, national identity, and social stratification, the essays in this well-balanced collection present a variety of perspectives, each highlighting the undiminished relevance of key issues such as immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, while also pointing to unresolved conflicts over universalism, religion, and tolerance. Most importantly, this volume shows that the struggle over multiculturalism is not limited to the political domain, but also has profound cultural implications. American Multiculturalism after 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives is an invaluable, thought-provoking addition to the debate about multiculturalism as central to the study of the United States in a global context.

 

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Editorial Reviews

David A. Hollinger
“These lively essays illuminate the ways in which multiculturalist initiatives in the United States and Europe have influenced one another with a variety of productive as well as unproductive effects, especially since the events of 9/11. The authors vindicate the promise of American Studies as a scholarly domain in which the trend from a preoccupation with ‘identity’ to a concern for ‘solidarity’ can be charted and critically interrogated.”—David A. Hollinger, author of Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism
Werner Sollors
“The thirteen new essays assembled in this book make many fresh and often surprising contributions to understanding the theoretical issues surrounding multiculturalism, the effects of the terrorist attacks of 2001 on debates about American ethnic diversity and national unity, and European and transatlantic perspectives on migration and religious difference.”
Donald E. Pease
American Multiculturalism after 9/11 is a timely and extremely important intervention in and reconfiguration of the debates over multiculturalism that took place after 9/11 on both sides of the Atlantic.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789089641441
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Series: American Studies
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Rubin lectures in the American Studies Program at Utrecht University. Jaap Verheul is associate professor of history and director of the American Studies Program at Utrecht University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Derek Rubin and Jaap Verheul

 

Multicultural Boundary Crossings

 

Multiculturalism and Immigration

Paul Lauter

 

Native-Immigrant Boundaries and Ethnic and Racial Inequalities

Richard Alba

 

Coherence, Difference, and Citizenship: A Genealogy of Multiculturalism

Ed Jonker

 

Cultural Reflections of the Unthinkable

 

Indecent Exposure: Picturing the Horror of 9/11

Rob Kroes

 

 “The Dead Are Our Redeemers”: Culture, Belief, and United 93

Phillip E. Wegner

 

Real American Heroes: Attacking Multiculturalism through the Discourse of Heroic Sacrifice

Michan Andrew Connor

 

 “America under Attack”: Unity and Division after 9/11

Mathilde Roza

 

 “This Godless Democracy”: Terrorism, Multiculturalism, and American Self-Criticism in John Updike

John-Paul Colgan

 

Multiculturalism in American History Textbooks before and after 9/11

Rachel Hutchins-Viroux

 

Transatlantic Dialogues

 

A Kinder, Gentler Europe? Islam, Christianity, and the Divergent Multiculturalisms of the New West

Patrick Hyder Patterson

 

Slavery, Memory, and Citizenship in Transatlantic Perspective

Johanna C. Kardux

 

Are We All Americans? 9/11 and Discourses of Multiculturalism in the Netherlands

Jaap Kooijman

 

 “How could this have happened in Holland?”

American Perceptions of Dutch Multiculturalism after 9/11

Jaap Verheul

 

About the Contributors

Index

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