Decentering America

Decentering America

by Berghahn Books
     
 

"Decentering" has fast become a dynamic approach to the study of American cultural and diplomatic history. But what precisely does decentering mean, how does it work, and why has it risen to such prominence? This book addresses the attempt to decenter the United States in the history of culture and international relations both in times when the United

Overview

"Decentering" has fast become a dynamic approach to the study of American cultural and diplomatic history. But what precisely does decentering mean, how does it work, and why has it risen to such prominence? This book addresses the attempt to decenter the United States in the history of culture and international relations both in times when the United States has been assumed to take center place. Rather than presenting more theoretical perspectives, this collection offers a variety of examples of how one can look at the role of culture in international history without assigning the central role to the United States. Topics include cultural violence, inverted Americanization, the role of NGOs, modernity and internationalism, and the culture of diplomacy. Each subsection includes two case studies dedicated to one particular approach which while not dealing with the same geographical topic or time frame illuminate a similar methodological interest. Collectively, these essays pragmatically demonstrate how the study of culture and international history can help us to rethink and reconceptualize US history today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845452056
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Explorations in Culture and International History, #4
Pages:
352

Meet the Author

Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, a Heisenberg fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, is teaching at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. She has previously taught at the universities of Virginia, Bielefeld, Halle-Wittenberg, and Harvard. Her special field of interest is the interplay of culture and international relations since the 18th century. She is currently completing a book on the role of music and emotions in transatlantic relations since 1850.

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