American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century by Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley

By Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley

Will the twenty-first century be the following American Century? Will American strength and concepts dominate the globe within the coming years? Or is the status of the us more likely to disintegrate underneath the strain of latest overseas challenges?This ground-breaking e-book explores the altering styles of yank concept and tradition on the sunrise of the recent millennium, while the world's richest state hasn't ever been extra robust or extra arguable. It brings jointly the most eminent North American and ecu thinkers to enquire the an important concerns and demanding situations dealing with the USA in the course of the early years of our new century.From the subterranean political shifts underneath the electoral panorama to the newest biomedical advances, from the literary reaction to 11th of September to the increase of fact tv, this publication explores the political, social and cultural contours of latest American lifestyles - however it additionally areas the U.S. inside an international narrative of trade, cultural trade, overseas international relations, ideological clash and battle. those eighteen new essays handle such urgent matters as management, international coverage, propaganda, faith, overall healthiness, know-how, immigration, Sep 11 tradition and electronic media. trying to find the roots of our modern issues, the authors glance again to the Clinton years or even previous sessions of twentieth-century American existence. yet in addition they stay up for the recent horizons of the century to come back - to the unanticipated risks of a world destiny and to the hovering chances of American company and mind's eye.

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What about Britain’s more recent experiences with empire? Perhaps the US could pick up tips from its imperial predecessors. At least on the neoconservative right, the whiff of ‘empire’ was in the air even before 9/11. 16 As the younger Bush entered the White House in January 2001, the US was poised between ‘unilateralist’ and ‘cooperativist’ conceptions of international leadership. In some ways, the US was now so unlike other countries – its economic and military power was now so unchallenged – that cooperative leadership, at least in so far as that concept implied some kind of partnership among equals, was scarcely feasible.

Indeed, it is remarkable that despite having been born again and reaching out to Christian fundamentalists during his presidential campaigns, George W. Bush, too, made sure that his administration contained a high proportion of black and female faces. Conservatism’s appeal, in other words, was all the stronger because it was not merely reactionary. While its champions might appeal to oldfashioned prejudices in their election campaigns – the so-called ‘dog whistle’ effect, as exemplified by George Bush’s famous Willie Horton ad in 1988, or 25 AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY his son’s visit to Bob Jones University in 2000 – they took care to strike a more accommodating pose in office.

Although older historians often blame the searing experiences of the Vietnam War, black urban unrest and the meteoric rise and fall of the counterculture, the real causes were rather more mundane. The passage of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society meant that the promise of the Fair Deal, nursed and nurtured for almost two decades, had largely been fulfilled. Having put most of their proposals into effect, therefore, older liberals had simply run out of ideas. More seriously, however, the premise of painless growth on which their programme had been based was utterly shattered by the economic downturn of the 1970s.

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