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Author Anderson, Shannon Latkin, author

Title Immigration, assimilation, and the cultural construction of American national identity / Shannon Latkin Anderson


Description 1 online resource (x, 243 pages .)
Series Routledge research in race and ethnicity ; 14
Routledge research in race and ethnicity ; 14.
Contents Introduction: Immigration, assimilation, and national identity -- Part I. Horace Kallen and a new narrative, 1905-1925 -- Mass immigration, prelude to war, and narratives of the nation -- Kallen's pluralist challenge -- Part II. Glazer and Moynihan challenge the melting pot, 1950-1970 -- A time for American power (and melting?) -- Glazer and Moynihan's claim : many and one -- Part III. Huntington's return to Americanism, 1985-2005 -- Multiculturalism and a domestic clash -- Huntington's fear : e pluribus pluribus -- Anglo-America under review -- Conclusion: The meanings of America
Summary "Over the course of the 20th century, there have been three primary narratives of American national identity: the melting pot, Anglo-Protestantism, and cultural pluralism/multi-culturalism. This book offers a social and historical perspective on what shaped each of these imaginings, when each came to the fore, and which appear especially relevant early in the 21st century. These issues are addressed by looking at the United States and elite notions of the meaning of America across the 20th century, centering on the work of Horace Kallen, Nathan Glazer and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Samuel P. Huntington. Four structural areas are examined in each period: the economy, involvement in foreign affairs, social movements, and immigration. What emerges is a narrative arc whereby immigration plays a clear and crucial role in shaping cultural stories of national identity as written by elite scholars. These stories are represented in writings throughout all three periods, and in such work we see the intellectual development and specification of the dominant narratives, along with challenges to each. Important conclusions include a keen reminder that identities are often formed along borders both external and internal, that structure and culture operate dialectically, and that national identity is hardly a monolithic, static formation"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Kallen, Horace Meyer, 1882-1974 -- Political and social views
Glazer, Nathan -- Political and social views
Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003 -- Political and social views
Huntington, Samuel P. -- Political and social views
Glazer, Nathan
Huntington, Samuel P.
Kallen, Horace Meyer, 1882-1974
Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003
National characteristics, American -- History
Nationalism -- United States -- History
Cultural pluralism -- United States -- History
Americanization -- History
Protestantism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History
Cultural pluralism
Emigration and immigration -- Political aspects
National characteristics, American
Political and social views
Protestantism -- Political aspects
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Political aspects -- History
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781315657677