Global Perspectives on the United States

Global Perspectives on the United States : Pro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Discourses Between

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This daring collaborative effort showcases dialogues between international scholars engaged with the United States from abroad. The writers investigate the analytic methods and choices that label certain talk, images, behaviors, and allusions as "American" and how to read the data on such material. The editors present the essays in pairs that overlap in theme or region. Each author subsequently comments on the other's work. A third scholar or team of scholars from a different discipline or geographic location then provides another level of analysis. Contributors: Andrzej Antoszek, Sophia Balakian, Zsofia Ban, Sabine Brock, Ian Condry, Kate Delaney, Jane C. Desmond, Virginia R. Dominguez, Ira Dworkin, Richard Ellis, Guillermo Ibarra, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Giorgio Mariani, Ana Mauad, Loes Nas, Edward Schatz, Manar Shorbagy, Kristin Solli, Amy Spellacy, and Michael Titlestad.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252082338
  • 9780252082337

About Virginia Dominguez

Virginia R. Dominguez is the Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of several books including People as Subject, People as Object: Selfhood and Peoplehood in Contemporary Israel. Jane C. Desmond is professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Displaying Death/ Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life and several other books.show more

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"A fascinating, timely, and provocative intervention into current debates and discussions within the field of American Studies."--Nick Selby, editor of Comparative American Studies "Lively and the format adds to the excitement and informative dialogue. The scholarship builds a depth and richness into the discussion and contributes to our understanding of a challenging set of questions."--Ida Susser, author of Norman Street: Poverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhoodshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix Prologue: Reading "America" Across and Against the Grain of Public Discourse xi Jane C. Desmond Introduction: The "American" Conundrum-Criticism, Attraction, and Antagonisms 1 Virginia R. Dominguez, with Sophia Balakian PART I. WHOSE "AMERICA"? WHOSE "ANTI-AMERICANISM"? 1. Internationalizing African American Studies, Too: White (West) German Responses to the Civil Rights Movement 31 Sabine Broeck 2. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anti-Americanism: An Italian Perspective 46 Giorgio Mariani Second Look-Sabine Broeck on Giorgio Mariani 61 Second Look-Giorgio Mariani on Sabine Broeck 64 Third Look-Sophia Balakian on Mariani and Broeck- "Sticks and Stones: Discourses of Anti-Americanism as Name-Calling" 68 PART II. HISTORIES OF ENGAGEMENTS: TWO CASE STUDIES LOOKING AT DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION AND THEIR CONTEXTS 3. Americanization and Anti-Americanism in Poland: A Case Study, 1945-2006 73 Kate Delaney and Andrzej Antoszek 4. Americanization and Anti-American Attitudes in South Africa and Georgia: A Historical Snapshot from 2005 92 Loes Nas Second Look-Loes Nas on Kate Delaney and Andrzej Antoszek 103 Second Look-Sophia Balakian on Loes Nas 105 Third Look-Jane C. Desmond on Delaney & Antoszek and Nas-"Reversing the Vectors of Analysis: Calibrating the 'Use Value' of Discourses of 'Americanism,' 'Americanization,' and 'Anti-Americanism'" 109 PART III. DEBATING THE TERMS OF DEBATE 5. Kefaya and the New Politics of Anti-Americanism 115 Manar Shorbagy 6. Understanding Anti-Americanism in Central Asia 131 Edward Schatz Second Look-Manar Shorbagy on Edward Schatz 152 Second Look-Edward Schatz on Manar Shorbagy 155 Third Look-Seyed Mohammad Marandi on Schatz and Shorbagy-"What Is Anti-Americanism?" 157 Third Look-Ira Dworkin on Schatz and Shorbagy- "Thinking Outside of America: The State, the Street, and Civil Society" 161 PART IV. VISUAL ENGAGEMENTS AND THEIR INTERPRETATIONS 7. Lost and Found in Translation: Problems of Cultural Translation in Hungary after 1989 169 Zsofia Ban 8. Westward Ho with Kholiwood: The Transnational Turn in the Neoliberal Marketplace 178 Richard Ellis Second Look-Richard Ellis on Zsofia Ban 201 Second Look-Zsofia Ban on Richard Ellis 205 Third Look-Ana Mauad on Ban and Ellis- An Imagined Community for the Twenty-First Century? 208 PART V. DISRUPTING BINARIES: WHOSE "COUNTRY MUSIC" AND WHOSE "HIP-HOP"? 9. Tales of the West: "Americanization" in an Era of "Europeanization" 217 Kristin Solli 10. Japanese Rappers, 9/11, and Soft Power: Anti-American Sentiments in "American" Popular Culture 239 Ian Condry Second Look-Ian Condry on Kristin Solli 251 Second Look-Kristin Solli on Ian Condry 254 Third Look-Michael Titlestad on Solli and Condry- "Dreaming America" 258 PART VI. IS IT "AMERICANIZATION" OR "PRO-AMERICANISM"? THE AMERICAS, PAN-AMERICANISM, AND IMMIGRATION 11. "Making Pals in Panama": U.S.-Latin American Relations and the Trope of the Good Neighbor in Coca-Cola Advertising during the 1940s 265 Amy Spellacy 12. Americanism and Anti-Americanism of Mexican Immigrants in Los Angeles 290 Guillermo Ibarra Second Look-Guillermo Ibarra on Amy Spellacy 298 Second Look-Amy Spellacy on Guillermo Ibarra 304 Third Look-Virginia R. Dominguez on Spellacy and Ibarra-"Not Just for Latin Americanists" 308 Contributors 313 Index 319show more