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By Edmund Fong

In modern American political tradition, claims of yankee exceptionalism and anxieties over its customers have resurged as an overarching topic 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 team spirit and belief frequently draw awareness 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 material of yank nationwide identification likewise disregard not only how they echo previous fears of subversive racial and cultural distinction, but in addition exorcise to boot the altering nature of labor and social interplay.

Edmund Fong’s booklet examines the increase and resurgence of up to date different types of American exceptionalism as they've got emerged out of contentious debates over cultural pluralism and multicultural variety some time past 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 resulted in a reaffirmation of a few version of yankee exceptionalism with the ensuing exorcism of race in the avowed norms and coverage objectives of yank politics. Fong explores how this "multicultural exorcism" revitalizing American exceptionalism isn't easily a singular characteristic of our modern political second, yet is in its place a recurrent dynamic around the heritage of yank political discourse.

By situating modern discourse on cultural pluralism in the higher body of yankee background, this ebook yields perception into the construction of hegemonic varieties of American exceptionalism and the way race maintains to hang-out the contours of yankee nationwide identity.

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