The Resource Just like us : the American struggle to understand foreigners, Thomas Borstelmann, (electronic resource)

Just like us : the American struggle to understand foreigners, Thomas Borstelmann, (electronic resource)

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Just like us : the American struggle to understand foreigners
Title
Just like us
Title remainder
the American struggle to understand foreigners
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Thomas Borstelmann
Title variation
American struggle to understand foreigners
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eng
Summary
Americans have long considered themselves a people set apart, but American exceptionalism is built on a set of tacit beliefs about other cultures. From the founding exclusion of indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans to the uneasy welcome of waves of immigrants, from republican disavowals of colonialism to Cold War proclamations of freedom, Americans' ideas of their differences from others have shaped the modern world-and how Americans have viewed foreigners is deeply revealing of their assumptions about themselves. Just Like Us is a path-breaking exploration of what foreignness has meant across American history. Thomas Borstelmann traces American ambivalence about non-Americans, identifying a paradoxical perception of foreigners as suspiciously different yet fundamentally sharing American values beneath the layers of culture. Considering race and religion, notions of the American way of life, attitudes toward immigrants, competition with communism, Americans abroad, and the subversive power of American culture, he offers a surprisingly optimistic account of the acceptance of difference. Borstelmann contends that increasing contact with peoples around the globe during the Cold War encouraged mainstream society to grow steadily more inclusive. In a time of resurgent nativism and xenophobia, Just Like Us provides a reflective, urgent examination of how Americans have conceived of foreignness and their own exceptionalism throughout the nation's history
Cataloging source
Midwest
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Borstelmann, Thomas
Dewey number
305.800973
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • National characteristics, American
  • Cultural awareness
  • Race awareness
  • Cultural pluralism
  • Globalization
  • Exceptionalism
  • Americanization
  • Cold War
  • Electronic books
  • United States
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adult
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Just like us : the American struggle to understand foreigners, Thomas Borstelmann, (electronic resource)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780231550352
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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12982495
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MWT12982495
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Just like us : the American struggle to understand foreigners, Thomas Borstelmann, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231550352
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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12982495
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MWT12982495
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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