Why US nationalism should never be considered postnationalist

MADRIAGA, M. (2010). Why US nationalism should never be considered postnationalist. National identities, 12 (1), 81-94.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608940903542672


This article demonstrates that American national identity is symbolic, subjective and ambiguous to the extent that it encapsulates senses of both similarity and difference. Citing evidence from life-history interviews with American military veterans from different ethnic groups, the article shows how some Americans can identify with being racially excluded and still share in a sense of national belonging. It is argued here that this feature is and has always been embedded in the processes of American national identification. In making this argument, this article rejects Ramsey Cook's notion that achieving a sense of similarity between universal and particular interests within a national community is hallmark of postnationalism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: American nationalism, ethnicity, nationalism, postnationalism, whiteness
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Learning and Teaching Institute
Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608940903542672
Page Range: 81-94
Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 16:28
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1316

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