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Who are we? : the challenges to America's national identity

Author: Samuel P Huntington
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2004.
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America was founded by settlers who brought with them a distinct culture including the English language, Protestant values, individualism, religious commitment, and respect for law. The waves of later immigrants came gradually accepted these values and assimilated into America's Anglo-Protestant culture. More recently, however, national identity has been eroded by the problems of assimilating massive numbers of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Huntington, Samuel P.
Who are we?
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2004
(OCoLC)656803716
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel P Huntington
ISBN: 0684870533 9780684870533 9780684870540 0684870541
OCLC Number: 54400099
Description: xvii, 428 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. The issues of identity --
1. The crisis of national identity --
Salience : are the flags still there? --
Substance : who are we? --
The global identity crisis --
Prospects for American identity --
2. Identities : national and other --
The concept of identity --
Others and enemies --
Sources of identity --
The false dichotomy --
pt. II. American identity --
3. Components of American identity --
Change, continuity, and partial truths --
Settlers before immigrants --
More than the creed --
"No attachment to place" --
Race and ethnicity --
4. Anglo-Protestant culture --
The cultural core --
"The dissidence of dissent" --
The American creed --
Individualism and the work ethic --
Moralism and the reform ethic --
5. Religion and Christianity --
God, the cross, and America --
A religious people --
Protestant America and Catholicism --
A Christian people --
Civil religion --
6. Emergence, triumph, erosion --
The fragility of nations --
Creating an American identity --
National vs. other identities --
Nation and patriotism triumphant --
Fading nationalism --
pt. III. Challenges to American identity --
7. Deconstructing America : the rise of subnational identities --
The deconstructionist movement --
The challenge to the creed --
The challenge to English --
The challenge to the core culture --
8. Assimilation : converts, ampersands, and the erosion of citizenship --
Immigration with or without assimilation --
Assimilation : still a success? --
Sources of assimilation --
The immigrants --
The immigration process --
American society : Americanization is un-American --
Ampersands and dual citizenship --
Citizens and noncitizens --
Alternatives to Americanization --
9. Mexican immigration and Hispanization --
The Mexican/Hispanic challenge --
Why Mexican immigration differs --
How Mexican assimilation lags --
Individual assimilation and enclave consolidation --
The Hispanization of Miami --
The Hispanization of the Southwest --
10. Merging America with the world --
The changing environment --
The search for an enemy --
Dead souls : the denationalization of elites --
The patriotic public --
Diasporas, foreign governments, and American politics --
pt. IV. Renewing American identity --
11. Fault lines old and new --
The shaping trends --
The ending of ethnicity --
Race : constant, blurring, fading --
White nativism --
Bifurcation : two languages and two cultures? --
Unrepresentative democracy : elites vs. the public --
12. Twenty-first century America : vulnerability, religion, and national identity --
The creed in an age of vulnerability --
Americans turn to religion --
The global resurgence of religion --
Militant Islam vs. America --
America in the world : cosmopolitan, imperial, and/or national?
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