America's World Identity: The Politics of Exclusion

America's World Identity: The Politics of Exclusion

by Neil Renwick
     
 
What is America's national identity? This study offers a new perspective into this question. It argues that this identity is constructed rather than essential and reflects the politics of exclusion. This identificatory exclusion has been globalized through American economic, cultural, political, and military expansion. The study provocatively draws upon poetry,

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What is America's national identity? This study offers a new perspective into this question. It argues that this identity is constructed rather than essential and reflects the politics of exclusion. This identificatory exclusion has been globalized through American economic, cultural, political, and military expansion. The study provocatively draws upon poetry, literature, art, architecture, gangsta rap, landscape, and cityscape to illuminate the construction of America's national identity and illustrates how this has been globalized in an increasingly post-modernist condition.

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Drawing upon primarily "vernacular" or popular culture "documents" such as poetry, art, architecture, music (including gangsta rap), and landscape, Renwick, co-director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at The Nottingham Trent University, examines the formation of political identity in America, which, he argues, is based upon a series of exclusions determined by race, gender, sexuality, and wealth. The book then traces the globalization of this identity through America's economic (commercial), cultural, political, and military expansion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312223229
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/05/2000
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.95(d)

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