Postethnic America

Postethnic America

Beyond Multiculturalism

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Addresses contemporary racism issues from a historical perspective, states that conventional toleration of established groups has become counterproductive, and argues that multiculturalism further fragments society

Perseus Publishing
One of America’s foremost intellectual historians places multiculturalism in historical perspective and sorts out its virtues from its vices.

Sympathetic with the new ethnic consciousness, Hollinger argues that the conventional liberal toleration of all established ethnic groups no longer works because it leaves unchallenged the prevailing imbalance of power. Yet the multiculturalist alternative does nothing to stop the fragmenting of American society into competing ethnic enclaves, each concerned primarily with its own well-being. Hollinger argues instead for a new cosmopolitanism, an appreciation of multiple identities—new cross-cultural affiliations based not on the biologically given but on consent, on the right to emphasize or diminish the significance of one’s ethnoracial affiliation. Postethnic America is a bracing reminder of America’s universalist promise as a haven for all peoples. While recognizing the Eurocentric narrowness of that older universalism, Hollinger makes a stirring call for a new nationalism. He urges that a democratic nation-state like ours must help bridge the gap between our common fellowship as human beings and the great variety of ethnic and racial groups represented within the United States.


Blackwell North Amer
Sympathetic with the new ethnic consciousness, Hollinger argues that the conventional liberal toleration of all established ethnic groups no longer works because it leaves unchallenged the prevailing imbalance of power. Yet the multiculturalist alternative does nothing to stop the fragmenting of American society into competing ethnic enclaves, each concerned primarily with its own well-being.
Hollinger argues instead for a new cosmopolitanism, an appreciation of multiple identities - new cross-cultural affiliations based not on the biologically given but on consent, on the right to emphasize or diminish the significance of one's ethnoracial affiliation.
Postethnic America is a bracing reminder of America's universalist promise as a haven for all peoples. While recognizing the Eurocentric narrowness of that older universalism, Hollinger makes a stirring call for a new nationalism. He urges that a democratic nation-state like ours must help bridge the gap between our common fellowship as human beings and the great variety of ethnic and racial groups represented within the United States.

Baker
& Taylor

Addressing contemporary racism issues from a historical perspective and stating that conventional toleration of established groups has become counterproductive, a practical study argues that multiculturalism is only serving to further fragment society.

Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, c1995
ISBN: 9780465059911
0465059910
Characteristics: xii, 210 p. ; 22 cm

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