By Edmund Fong
In modern American political tradition, claims of yank exceptionalism and anxieties over its customers have resurged as an overarching subject in nationwide political discourse. but by no means very faraway from such debates lie animating fears linked to race. Fears in regards to the lack of nationwide cohesion and belief usually draw recognition to looming adjustments within the racial demographics of the physique politic. misplaced amid those debates are usually the extra complicated legacies of racial hybridity. Anxieties over the disintegration of the material of yank nationwide identification likewise omit not only how they echo prior fears of subversive racial and cultural distinction, but additionally exorcise besides the altering nature of labor and social interplay.
Edmund Fong’s booklet examines the increase and resurgence of latest sorts of American exceptionalism as they've got emerged out of contentious debates over cultural pluralism and multicultural range some time past 20 years. For a short time, critical issues of the strength of multiculturalism entered right into a number of philosophical and coverage debates. yet within the American context, those debates frequently ended in a reaffirmation of a few version of yank exceptionalism with the ensuing exorcism of race in the avowed norms and coverage targets of yankee politics. Fong explores how this "multicultural exorcism" revitalizing American exceptionalism isn't easily a unique function of our modern political second, yet is as a substitute a recurrent dynamic around the background of yankee political discourse.
By situating modern discourse on cultural pluralism in the better body of yank historical past, this e-book yields perception into the construction of hegemonic sorts of American exceptionalism and the way race keeps to hang-out the contours of yank nationwide identity.
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American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race: Multicultural Exorcisms (Routledge Series on Identity Politics) by Edmund Fong