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

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, Zsófia Bán, Sabine Bröck, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252040832
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 04/15/2017
Series: Global Studies of the United States Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: Reading "America" Across and Against the Grain of Public Discourse Jane C. Desmond 1

Introduction: The "American" Conundrum-Criticism, Attraction, and Antagonisms Virginia R. Domínguez Sophia Balakian 5

Part I Whose "America"? Whose "Anti-Americanism"?

1 Internationalizing African American Studies, Too: White (West-) German Responses to the Civil Rights Movement Sabine Broeck 31

2 What We Talk about When We Talk about Anti-Americanism: An Italian Perspective Giorgio Mariani 46

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 Kate Delaney Andrzej Antoszek 73

4 Americanization and Anti-American Attitudes in South Africa and Georgia: A Historical Snapshot from 2005 Loes Nas 92

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 Manar Shorbagy 115

6 Understanding Anti-Americanism in Central Asia Edward Schatz 131

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 Zsófia Bán 169

8 Westward Ho with Kholiwood: The Transnational Turn, in the Neoliberal Marketplace Richard Ellis 178

Second Look-Richard Ellis on Zsófia Bán 201

Second Look-Zsófia Bán on Richard Ellis 205

Third Look-Ana Mauad on Bán 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" Kristin Solli 217

10 Japanese Rappers, 9/11, and Soft Power: Anti-American Sentiments in "American" Popular Culture Ian Condry 239

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 Amy Spellacy 265

12 Americanism and Anti-Americanism of Mexican Immigrants in Los Angeles Guillermo Ibarra 290

Second Look-Guillertno Ibarra on Amy Spellacy 298

Second Look-Amy Spellacy on Guillermo Ibarra 304

Third Look-Virginia R. Domínguez on Spellacy and Ibarra-"Not Just for Latin Americanists" 308

Contributors 313

Index 319

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