By N. Renwick

ISBN-10: 0230597947

ISBN-13: 9780230597945

ISBN-10: 0312223226

ISBN-13: 9780312223229

ISBN-10: 1349416444

ISBN-13: 9781349416448

What's America's nationwide identification? This research bargains a brand new standpoint into this query. It argues that this identification is 'constructed' instead of 'essential' and displays the politics of exclusion. This identificatory exclusion has been globalized via American fiscal, cultural, political and armed forces enlargement. The examine provocatively attracts upon poetry, literature, artwork, structure, gangsta rap, panorama and cityscape to light up the development of America's nationwide identification and illustrates how this has been globalized in an more and more post-modernist situation.

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Yet this dominant narrative has been permeated by the politics of exclusion. The boundaries of inclusion were not extended to the indigenous peoples of the continent, to women, black or Hispanic peoples to the poor or to those of a non-heterosexual orientation. The exclusion went beyond the daily realities of slavery, bias, unemployment, imprisonment and poverty. Fundamentally for the question of identity, such differentiation of the 'Other' was centred in an incorporative psychological process.

Belly-laugh humor, risque 'peep shows', romance, adventure stories and tales of war provided the staple diet for the early movies and, with a few minor adaptations, have remained so to the present day. Borrowing from the established vernacular traditions, the movies carried their exclusionary seeds into the subject matter. 4 Westerns' continued to portray the indigenous peoples as warmongering 'savages'. Movies like The Birth of the Nation in 1915 glorified the white racial supremacists of the Ku Klux Klan as they saved the white woman from the ravaging black.

The former, sometimes termed 'acculturation', refers to 'learning the values and public 24 America Js World Identity lifestyle of the new society'. '1 Acculturation involves a subsumation of particular identificatory values and practices to that of the dominant 'American' culture. This 'Americanization' into society establishes the norms of expected behaviour; the parameters of acceptability and the criteria for recognizing personhood. Although it does not involve the anticipated loss of cultural distinctiveness, at least in principle, the actual processes of acculturation do involve a significant degree of cultural erasure for subordinated peoples.

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