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Multiculturalism and American Exceptionalism

Nathan Glazer

in Multicultural Questions

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296102
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599583 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829610X.003.0009
 Multiculturalism and American Exceptionalism

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American multiculturalism, Nathan Glazer holds, has been ‘exceptional’, in its benign version reflecting America's positive legacy of multi‐ethnic immigrant nation, and in its less benign version compounding America's original sin of slavery. Glazer also points to a unique limitation (or conversely, strength) of American multiculturalism. For all its ethnic pluralism, the US has held firm to its rejection of foreign enclaves. There is nothing ‘multicultural’ about its formal citizenship regime yet, which requires a change of identity and loyalty.

Keywords: African Americans; citizenship; immigrants/immigration; racial divide; US

Chapter.  7746 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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