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The Liberty of StrangersMaking the American Nation$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306439.001.0001

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Conclusion: America’s Post-Multiculturalist Settlement

Conclusion: America’s Post-Multiculturalist Settlement

(p.167) Conclusion: America’s Post-Multiculturalist Settlement
The Liberty of Strangers

Desmond King

Oxford University Press

Modern American nationhood can best be described as an ideology of post-multiculturalism: the wide acknowledgment of group distinctions combined with a state struggling to ensure that government policies do not accentuate hierarchical divisions among groups based on race, ethnicity, and national background, a struggle which is rich in historical connotations and which can no longer presume a teleological narrative toward melting-pot individualism. There is a fundamental caveat to how the ideology of American nationhood has been built on a community of groups and the rhetoric of solidarity: such arrangements may not always endure.

Keywords:   American nationhood, post-multiculturalism, post-multiculturalist settlement, America

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