Marketing the American Creed Abroad: Diasporas in the U.S. and Their Homelands

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Cambridge University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 294 pages
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This book examines the interaction of domestic and foreign issues in the lives of ethnic Americans. Arguing that the damaging impact of ethnic influences on U.S. foreign affairs has been overstated and misrepresented, Shain brings a new dimension to the public debate on multiculturalism by exploring its transnational aspects. Ethnic groups, despite residual attachments to their homelands, do not betray American political values and ideals, but, on the contrary, their involvement in homeland related affairs has been instrumental in their dissemination inside and outside the U.S.. Shain evaluates ethnic groups in the U.S. from a broad theoretical and comparative perspective, and his case studies include, among others, Arab-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and African-Americans.
 

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Contents

US Diasporas and Homelands in the Era of Transnationalism
1
US Ethnic Diasporas in the Struggle for Democracy and SelfDetermination
51
ArabAmerican Identity and New Transnational Challenges
92
Transnational Influences on Ethnoracial Relations in the United States The Case of BlackJewish Disputes
132
Go but Do Not Forget Me Mexico the Mexican Diaspora and USMexican Relations
165
Diasporas and the American National Interest
196
Notes
211
Bibliography
255
Index
279
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