Synopses & Reviews
Scholars from a wide array of disciplines describe and debate postcolonialism as it applies to America in this authoritative and timely collection. Investigating topics such as law and public policy, immigration and tourism, narratives and discourses, race relations, and virtual communities, Postcolonial America clarifies and challenges prevailing conceptualizations of postcolonialism and accepted understandings of American culture.
Advancing multiple, even conflicted visions of postcolonial America, this important volume interrogates postcolonial theory and traces the emergence and significance of postcolonial practices and precepts in the United States. Contributors discuss how the unique status of the United States as the colony that became a superpower has shaped its sense of itself. They assess the global networks of inequality that have displaced neocolonial systems of conquest, exploitation, and occupation. They also examine how individuals and groups use music, the Internet, and other media to reconfigure, reinvent, and resist postcoloniality in American culture.
Candidly facing the inherent contradictions of "the American experience", this collection demonstrates the patterns, connections, and histories characteristic of postcoloniality in America and initiates important discussions about how these conditions might be changed.
Table of Contents
Introduction : Dislocating postcoloniality, relocating American empire / C. Richard King -- The beast of the apocalypse : the postcolonial experience of the United States / Jon Stratton -- New postnational narratives, old American dreams ; or, the problem with coming-of-age stories / Susie O'Brien -- Subject to justice : the "cultural defense" and legal constructions of race, culture, and nation / Donna Kay Maeda -- Is the United States postcolonial? Transnationalsm, immigration, and race / Jenny Sharpe -- Internal frontiers, transnational politics, 1945-65 : im/migration policy as world domination / Rachel Buff -- On the road with Chrysler : from nation to virtual empire / Elena Glasberg -- Establishment postcolonialism and its alter/native others : deciding to be accountable in a world of permanent emergency / E. San Juan Jr. -- Son of the forest, child of God : William Apess and the scene of postcolonial nativity / Laura E. Donaldson -- Modern colonization and the will to alterity : public culture and migrant lifecraft in a New Mexico town / Arthur Martin -- Genocide 'n' juice : reading the postcolonial discourses in hip-hop culture / Brij David Lunine -- The imperial dynamic in the study of religion : neocolonial practices in an American discipline / Russell T. McCutcheon -- Postcolonial encounters : narrative constructions of Devils Tower National Monument / John Dorst -- Postscript : Exhibiting Hawai'i / David Prochaska.