Safeguarding German-American Relations in the New Century: Understanding and Accepting Mutual Differences

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Hermann Kurthen, Antonio V. Menéndez Alarcón, Stefan Immerfall
Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Political Science - 277 pages
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American-German relations are in transition. A number of explanations have been given for this fact: some focusing on the personalities of politicians, some on political and attitudinal disparities, still others pointing to disagreements about foreign policy objectives since the end of the Cold War and 9/11. This volume, written by American and German scholarly experts, while not denying the relevance and validity of such explanations of the transatlantic estrangement, address the extent, resilience, and the causes of misconceptions, misunderstandings, and confrontations in the transatlantic relationship as well as highlighting commonalities and enduring ties between the U.S. and Germany. The chapters analyze domestic and foreign policies, political cultures, and compare trends in business relations, migration, culture, education, journalism, law, and religion. The authors contend that differences in political cultures, societal priorities, and national interests are inevitable, perhaps even desirable and not necessarily an obstacle to a continuous and mutually beneficial exchange or even the development of a special relationship. But first of all they need to be acknowledged, then understood, and finally dealt with in an atmosphere of mutual trust recognizing common ground. The book ends with suggestions about how to deal with different interpretations and perceptions in order to reclaim a strategic partnership for progressive changes in an increasingly multipolar world.
  

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Contents

New Challenges for Transatlantic Relations
3
Drifting Apart Cultural Dimensions of the Transatlantic Estrangement
17
The Bush Administrations FaithBased Foreign Policy A Matter of Transatlantic Estrangement
33
Germans from Venus? The OutofArea Problems in USGerman Relations
61
Beneath the Iceberg Liberalism at Crossroads Examining a Few Issues in the Current Rift in GermanAmerican Relations
77
Transatlantic Economy When the Political Goings Get Tough the Tough Get Going
101
Bonds That Hold Germany and America in an Age of Turbulence
113
The Hunt for a Competitive Advantage How PISA has Shaped Discussions Over Educational Policy Reform in the US and Germany
133
The New York Times and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Two Perspectives on the War in Iraq
173
Wars Apart The Second World War Memory Cultures of Germany and the United States
195
Celsius 911 Michael Moores German Reception and the Contemporary Image of America
213
Ascetic Protestantism and American Uniqueness The Political Cultures of Germany and the United States Compared
231
Transatlantic Relations Probable Futures and Desirable Outcomes
249
Index
265
Contributors
273
Copyright

Transatlantic Discourse? Reflections on Comparing Immigration and Immigrant Integration in the United States and Germany
153

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About the author (2006)

Hermann Kurthen is associate professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University. His publications in English include:Immigration, Citizenship, and the Welfare State in Germany and the United States (JAI, 1998).

Antonio V. Menéndez-Alarcón is associate professor of sociology at Butler University. He is the author ofThe Cultural Realm of European Integration (Greenwood, 2004) andPower and Television in Latin America (Westport, 1992).

Stefan Immerfall is professor of sociology at Schwäbisch Gmünd University. His publications in English include:The New Politics of the Right (St. Martin's, 1998) andTerritoriality in the Globalizing Society (Springer, 1998).

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