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Introduction

Barbara Brinson Curiel, David Kazanjian, Katherine Kinney, Steven Mailloux, Jay Mechling, John Carlos Rowe, George Sánchez, Shelley Streeby and Henry Yu

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520224384
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224384.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the term post-nationalist and the concept of a post-nationalist approach. It first studies the Turner thesis, which was been replaced as a historical paradigm by new western historians such as Richard White and Patricia Limerick. The concepts of “American exceptionalism”, “cosmopolitanism”, and “critical internationalism” are introduced. The chapter looks at the crucial subjects for post-nationalist American Studies, including the intersections among formations of mass consumption, culture, and race. The chapter also discusses the adoption of multiculturalism as a central organizing principle in studying culture in the United States.

Keywords: post-nationalist; post-nationalist approach; Turner thesis; western historians; American exceptionalism; cosmopolitanism; critical internationalism; crucial subjects; American Studies; multiculturalism

Chapter.  9700 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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