|The New American Exceptionalism|
Donald E. Pease
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Exposes the fantasies that shaped
For a half century following the end of World War II, the seemingly permanent cold war provided the United States with an organizing logic that governed nearly every aspect of American society and culture, giving rise to an unwavering belief in the nation’s exceptionalism in global affairs and world history. After the collapse of the
In The New American Exceptionalism, pioneering scholar Donald E. Pease traces the evolution of these state fantasies and shows how they have shaped
At the same time, Pease notes that state fantasies cannot altogether conceal the inconsistencies they mask, showing how such events as the revelations of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and the exposure of government incompetence after Hurricane Katrina opened fissures in the myth of exceptionalism, allowing Barack Obama to challenge the homeland security paradigm with an alternative state fantasy that privileges fairness, inclusion, and justice.
"At last, a genealogy of the paranoid style of
—Nancy Fraser, The New School for Social Research
"Its scope, theoretical adventurousness and lucidity, radical commitment to ethical acts, and seriousness make The New American Exceptionalism an unusual and stunning work of American cultural and political theory. This is a major book by a major critic on the
—José David Saldívar,
"A passionately argued analysis of how successive governments have constructed specific images to forge the ideas of a unified national culture—despite the fact that American society has gradually fragmented over the last three decades."
—Journal of American Culture
"All in all, the book is a brilliant rhetorical performance."
"This “exceptional” work of great scope and brilliant insight marries cultural history with political theory. It is relevant, thought provoking, and even ground-breaking."
—Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer, Travel-Watch
Donald E. Pease is Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at
256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 2009
Critical American Studies Series
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Staging the New World Order:
3. A National Rite of Passage: The Return of Alexis de Tocqueville
4. Patriot Acts: The Southernification of
6. Antigone’s Kin: From Abu Ghraib to Barack Obama