American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century

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Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley
Edinburgh University Press, 2008 - History - 324 pages
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Will the twenty-first century be the next American Century? Will American power and ideas dominate the globe in the coming years? Or is the prestige of the United States likely to crumble beneath the pressure of new international challenges?This ground-breaking book explores the changing patterns of American thought and culture at the dawn of the new millennium, when the world's richest nation has never been more powerful or more controversial. It brings together some of the most eminent North American and European thinkers to investigate the crucial issues and challenges facing the United States during the early years of our new century.From the subterranean political shifts beneath the electoral landscape to the latest biomedical advances, from the literary response to 9/11 to the rise of reality television, this book explores the political, social and cultural contours of contemporary American life - but it also places the United States within a global narrative of commerce, cultural exchange, international diplomacy, ideological conflict and war. These eighteen new essays address such pressing issues as leadership, foreign policy, propaganda, religion, health, technology, immigration, 9/11 culture and digital media. Searching for the roots of our contemporary concerns, the authors look back to the Clinton years and even earlier periods of twentieth-century American life. But they also look forward to the new horizons of the century to come - to the unanticipated dangers of a global future and to the soaring possibilities of American enterprise and imagination.
  

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Contents

The Next American Century?
1
Politics
19
1 American Politics in the 1990s and 2000s
21
2 American Leadership into the New Century
35
3 911 and US Foreign Policy
49
4 Three Variations on American Liberalism
65
5 The Rise of Postmodern Conservatism
81
6 US Propaganda
97
11 Technology in the 21st Century
179
12 America and the Environment
195
Culture
209
13 Contemporary American Culture
211
14 Cultural Pluralism and National Identity
227
15 Writing in the Wake of 911
245
16 American Ways of Seeing
259
17 Television and DIgital Media
275

Society
113
7 Contemporary Social Criticism
115
8 Religion in Postsecular America
127
9 The US and Globalisation
145
10 The Future of Medicine
161
18 Animation and DIgital Culture
291
Bibliography
307
Index
318
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Martin Halliwell is Professor of American Studies at the University of Leicester.

Catherine Morley is Lecturer, School of English at the University of Leicester.

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