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From the Publisher"This rich volume can be recommended to both advanced scholars ofAmerican culture and beginners in this field. The former can find amultitude of quite recent applications of approaches they arealready familiar with; the latter may wonder at the dizzyingvarieties of American experience, as well as look with disbelief atthe multitude."
"Lee Baker has pulled together and provided an extremely usefulconceptual frame for some of the best social analysis on currenttrends in the cultural practices of identity and identification inUS society. This collection is a ‘must read’ for anyoneinterested in demystifying identity politics and understanding thecomplexities, pluralities, and common ground of culturalcitizenship in the USA as it is changing in the new millennium."Faye V. Harrison, University of Tennessee
"American higher education’s longstanding myths aboutcultural assimilation and equal access for all have given way to anew scholarly literature, which rigorously critiques the structuresof identity, inequality, and power. In this timely and provocativereader, brilliant anthropologist Lee Baker has selected anoutstanding collection of essays about the complex politics ofcultural diversity. Life in America provides an insightfulexploration into the major contemporary debates and issues thatdefine studies of race, gender, sexuality, and class in Americansociety." Manning Marable, Columbia University
"Life in America is a user’s guide to everyday lifeand all its contradictory complexity, an indispensable inventory ofpractices and patterns in US society that produce both creativeconnections and corrosive conflicts, stimulating similarities anddisturbing differences." George Lipsitz, University ofCalifornia, San Diego