By Shannon Latkin Anderson
Over the process the twentieth century, there were 3 basic narratives of yank nationwide id: the melting pot, Anglo-Protestantism, and cultural pluralism/multi-culturalism. This ebook deals a social and old viewpoint on what formed each one of those imaginings, whilst each one got here to the fore, and which look specially appropriate early within the twenty first century. those concerns are addressed through taking a look at the USA and elite notions of the which means of the USA around the twentieth century, centering at the paintings of Horace Kallen, Nathan Glazer and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Samuel P. Huntington. 4 structural parts are tested in each one interval: the economic system, involvement in international affairs, social pursuits, and immigration. What emerges is a story arc wherein immigration performs a transparent and an important position in shaping cultural tales of nationwide id as written through elite students. those tales are represented in writings all through all 3 sessions, and in such paintings we see the highbrow improvement and specification of the dominant narratives, besides demanding situations to every. vital conclusions contain a prepared reminder that identities are usually shaped alongside borders either exterior and inner, that constitution and tradition function dialectically, and that nationwide identification is hardly ever a monolithic, static formation.
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Immigration, Assimilation, and the Cultural Construction of American National Identity (Routledge Research in Race and Ethnicity) by Shannon Latkin Anderson