The Liberty of Strangers: Making the American Nation

The Liberty of Strangers: Making the American Nation

by Desmond King
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195306430

ISBN-13: 9780195306439

Pub. Date: 01/28/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Spanning the entire twentieth century and encompassing immigration policies, the nationalistic fallout from both world wars, the civil rights movement, and nation-building efforts in the postcolonial era, The Liberty of Strangers advances a major new interpretation of American nationalism and the future prospects for diverse democracies. Tracing how Americans have

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Spanning the entire twentieth century and encompassing immigration policies, the nationalistic fallout from both world wars, the civil rights movement, and nation-building efforts in the postcolonial era, The Liberty of Strangers advances a major new interpretation of American nationalism and the future prospects for diverse democracies. Tracing how Americans have confronted and relinquished, but mostly clung to group identities over the past century, Desmond King here debunks one of the guiding assumptions of American nationhood, namely that group distinction and identification would gradually dissolve over time, creating a "postethnic" nation. The divisions in American society have consistently proven themselves too strong to dissolve and, for better or for worse, the often-disparaged politics of multiculturalism are here to stay, with profound implications for America's democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195306439
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,059,618
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. 'One People' Nationalism
Part I
2. How to Become an American
3. Why Not All Groups are Equal
4. Choosing New Members: The Rise of Immigration Restriction
5. The Drive for Authentic Americans: World War I Nationalism
Part II
6. World War II and the Challenge to Assimilation
7. America Abroad at Home: International Pressures and Nationhood
8. Remaking the American Nation
Conclusion

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