Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 October 2002

168 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719060229

Bookseller Code (06)


American Society Today

Edward Ashbee

Published by Manchester University Press

Politics Today MUP

  • American society today provides a balanced introduction to the defining features of contemporary American society
  • Includes the ways in which the US can be considered 'exceptional' - the character of the 'American dream', the role of ethnicity and race, and the differences between the regions
  • Considers in depth a number of contemporary debates including the claim that the US economy has lost its capacity to generate wealth and stimulate mobility, that there has been a process of civic disengagement as voluntary organisations have lost members, and that the traditional family is in decline
  • Includes a thorough investigation of the effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their aftermath
  • Looks at the arguments put forward by those who assert that a common American identity has given way to a multitude of conflicting identities structured around factors such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality

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