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Bodies of Knowledge

Kariann Akemi Yokota

in Globalizing American Studies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226185064
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226185088 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226185088.003.0003
Bodies of Knowledge

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Americans aspire to reach the pinnacle of their field. Ultimate success is predicated on their ability to deftly traverse the transatlantic networks between America and Great Britain. Although individual motivations differed, in the main, serving as the definitive source of knowledge within the transatlantic world allowed British institutions to maintain their cultural hegemony over the newly independent United States. Both Edinburgh and London represented important sources of refinement and learning, and Americans visited Scotland and England as part of the process of garnering cultural polish from their travels abroad. Analyzing Americans' travels to Scotland and the recruitment of Scottish intellectuals to the United States demonstrates how the geography of value in the early national period defined the relationship of Scotland and America within the framework of the British Empire. Such a mapping illustrates how, at any given time, particular objects held different values at different locations. Related to this economy of relative location, the movement of these same objects from one place to another became a lucrative social and economic practice.

Keywords: knowledge; Americans; Great Britain; British empire; economy

Chapter.  14786 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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