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American mythos : why our best efforts to be a better nation fall short

Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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America was built on stories: tales of grateful immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, Horatio Alger-style transformations, self-made men, and the Protestant work ethic. In this new book, renowned sociologist Robert Wuthnow examines these most American of stories--narratives about individualism, immigration, success, religion, and ethnicity--through the eyes of recent immigrants. In doing so, he demonstrates how the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wuthnow
ISBN: 069112504X 9780691125046 9780691138558 0691138559
OCLC Number: 61027323
Description: viii, 288 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Deep culture and democratic renewal --
Quandaries of individualism --
The justice of privilege --
Self-made men and women --
In America, all religions are true --
Ethnic ties that bind (loosely) --
Saving ourselves from materialism --
Venues for reflective democracy.
Responsibility: Robert Wuthnow.
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Details how Americans have traditionally relied on narratives to address what it means to be strong, morally responsible individuals and to explain why some people are more successful than others -  Read more...

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"In American Mythos, Wuthnow provides an important reminder that amid the din of the culture wars, our storytelling matters; and that America is a story best told from the bottom up."--Robert K. Read more...

 
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