America’s World Identity: The Politics of Exclusion by N. Renwick

By N. Renwick

What's America's nationwide id? This examine bargains a brand new standpoint into this query. It argues that this identification is 'constructed' instead of 'essential' and displays the politics of exclusion. This identificatory exclusion has been globalized via American fiscal, cultural, political and armed forces enlargement. The examine provocatively attracts upon poetry, literature, paintings, structure, gangsta rap, panorama and cityscape to light up the development of America's nationwide identification and illustrates how this has been globalized in an more and more post-modernist .

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The semiological signals carried by the landscape, particularly that of the urbanized, built environment can be less obvious than that of slum dwellings juxtaposed to garden suburb images. Skyscrapers may well be expressions of an American trait of talking-up or 'boosterism' and also of property valuations, but a deeper pattern of meaning lies in the imagery of this form of building grounded in a metaphoricity of gender. The thrusting, phallic-like skyscraper is symbolic of an aggressive, dominating and triumphalist character of American capitalistic society; overcoming the restraints of space and declaring to the world the prowess of the society that can build the tallest tower of all and remain on top of that world.

In many respects, radio and television representations reinforced existing societal exclusionary practices. The commercial identification of different purchasing groups merely saw companies promote their products to 'mother' at home with the children during the day, to the older children when they came in from school, to 'father' when he 38 America's World Identity came in from work and to the parents together when the children had gone to bed. Market segmentation thus reflected and reinforced the cultural discursive hegemony.

That's the way he's ever worked. He was created when the world was going to hell, and Dark Knight came out when the world went to hell. '33 Constructing America 35 The figurative narrative of the Batman character and his social setting exhibits a diachronic character: Batman and Bruce Wayne, Mask and Face, Good and Evil, Police and Individual, Night and Day, Dark and Light, Herosexuality and Bi- and Homo-Sexuality. Yet the privileging of the former ideas over the latter misleadingly suggest an entirely oppositional character.

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