First published in 1995, Postethnic America was widely hailed as a groundbreaking proposal for healing our nation's ethnic divisions. David A. Hollinger, one of America's foremost intellectual historians, argues for replacing the pluralist model of multiculturalism that is based on the idea of group rights with a cosmopolitan model that recognizes the reality of shifting group boundaries and multiple identities. Postethnic America is a bracing reminder of America's universalist promise, and a stirring call for a new form of nationalism. In this tenth-anniversary edition, Hollinger has added a new postscript in which he responds to his critics and addresses the contemporary conversation about race, ethnicity, inequality, and nationalism in America.
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About the Author
David A. Hollinger is professor of history at the University of California at Berkely. His other books include Science, Jews, and Secular Culture and In the American Province.
What People are Saying About This
David Hollinger's wonderful lucidity and intense moral seriousness, his elegant combination of analytical and historical insight, and his wise unraveling of the knotted fabric of American cultural life: all these virtues, familiar to all who know his earlier work, are here fully on display. I do not ordinarily endorse the notion that history can teach us the future, but here at least is a historian who can help us understand where we are going.
(K. Anthony Appiah, Harvard University)
Hollinger's is the most perceptive and farsighted discussion of multiculturalism that I've ever read. What he calls "he postethnic perspective" seems exactly what we need.
(Richard Rorty, University of Virginia)
Postethnic America is a brilliant little book which has the potential to show us how to bring America together.
(Stanley Katz, President, American Council of Learned Societies)