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The truth about patriotism

Author: Steven Johnston
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A repudiation of the claim that patriotism is essential--or even beneficial--to democracy. Contending that even at its best patriotism subverts the democracy it purports to value, Steven Johnston turns to patriotism’s defenders to show how they must jettison much of democracy to champion patriotism. Closely examined, patriotism itself effectively demonstrates the impossibility of love of country. Patriotism,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Johnston
ISBN: 9780822340898 0822340895 9780822341109 0822341107
OCLC Number: 85783277
Description: x, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
"Without external picturesqueness," or, why I am not a patriot --
This patriotism which is not one --
Iconic drama I: The mortal logic of enmity --
Iconic drama II: the Socratic way of death --
The American memorial/monument complex I: political not patriotic --
The American memorial/monument complex II: the architecture of democratic monuments --
Patriotism and death: wounded patriotic attachments --
Bruce Springsteen and the tragedy of the American dream --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Steven Johnston.
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