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By Edmund Fong

In modern American political tradition, claims of yank 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 concerning the lack of nationwide team spirit and belief frequently draw cognizance to looming adjustments within the racial demographics of the physique politic. misplaced amid those debates are frequently the extra advanced legacies of racial hybridity. Anxieties over the disintegration of the material of yankee nationwide id likewise omit 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 booklet examines the increase and resurgence of up to date 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, 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 variation of yankee exceptionalism with the resultant exorcism of race in the avowed norms and coverage objectives of yankee politics. Fong explores how this "multicultural exorcism" revitalizing American exceptionalism isn't really easily a unique function of our modern political second, yet is as a substitute a recurrent dynamic around the historical past of yank political discourse.



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

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