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By Edmund Fong

In modern American political tradition, claims of yankee exceptionalism and anxieties over its clients have resurged as an overarching subject matter 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 solidarity and belief usually draw recognition to looming adjustments within the racial demographics of the physique politic. misplaced amid those debates are frequently the extra complicated legacies of racial hybridity. Anxieties over the disintegration of the material of yankee nationwide identification likewise disregard not only how they echo prior fears of subversive racial and cultural distinction, but in addition exorcise besides the altering nature of labor and social interplay.

Edmund Fong’s ebook 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 long ago 20 years. For a short time, severe concerns 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 ambitions 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 in its place a recurrent dynamic around the background of yank political discourse.

By situating modern discourse on cultural pluralism in the greater body of yankee historical past, this e-book yields perception into the construction of hegemonic different types of American exceptionalism and the way race keeps to hang-out the contours of yankee nationwide identity.

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