By Edmund Fong
In modern American political tradition, claims of yank exceptionalism and anxieties over its clients 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 concerning the lack of nationwide cohesion and belief frequently draw recognition to looming alterations within the racial demographics of the physique politic. misplaced amid those debates are usually the extra advanced legacies of racial hybridity. Anxieties over the disintegration of the cloth of yankee nationwide id likewise fail to remember not only how they echo prior fears of subversive racial and cultural distinction, but additionally exorcise to boot the altering nature of labor and social interplay.
Edmund Fong’s publication examines the increase and resurgence of latest types 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 concerns of the strength of multiculturalism entered right into a number of philosophical and coverage debates. yet within the American context, those debates usually resulted in a reaffirmation of a few variation of yank exceptionalism with the ensuing exorcism of race in the avowed norms and coverage pursuits of yank politics. Fong explores how this "multicultural exorcism" revitalizing American exceptionalism isn't really easily a unique characteristic of our modern political second, yet is as an alternative a recurrent dynamic around the historical past of yank political discourse.
By situating modern discourse on cultural pluralism in the higher body of yankee background, this booklet yields perception into the construction of hegemonic sorts of American exceptionalism and the way race keeps to hang-out the contours of yankee nationwide identity.
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American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race: Multicultural Exorcisms (Routledge Series on Identity Politics) by Edmund Fong