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Them and Us Questions of Citizenship in a Globalizing World by Rob Kroes

Them and Us Questions of Citizenship in a Globalizing World


Them and Us Questions of Citizenship in a Globalizing World by Rob Kroes

In an unsettling world in the process of globalization, explores the similar and divergent developments in North America and Europe and seeks new and meaningful definitions for citizenship as we all become participants in a new political culture


In this two-hundred-page book of essays Rob Kroes, one of the most respected representatives of American studies in Europe, offers his reflections on just about everything connecting the two continents these days: human rights, cyberspace, nativism, the meaning of family photographs, Alexis de Tocqueville, the decline of the welfare state, and much more. -- Dorothee Schneider, Journal of American History Right on target, an invaluable guide to a culturally interconnected world. -- Richard H. Collin, International History Review. One of [Kroes's] central questions is how culture and politics act to create and sustain collective identities in the context of the break-up of the Soviet Union and the formation of the European Union. If you need to ask what this has to do with American studies -- the dialetic between unity and diversity -- you also need the book because it raises the discussion to a higher level. -- Bernard Mergen, American Studies International ADVANCE PRAISE Based on a lifetime of study and observation by one of Europe's leading Americanists, Them and Us is a masterful collection of reflections that will interest an American studies audience in the United States and around the world. Kroes's book will become a signal achievement in the globalization of American studies. -- Robert W. Rydell, author of All the World's a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916 This is a superb book, the work of an imaginative and inventive, as well as a transatlantic, social and cultural critic. It is a real contribution to our understanding of how America differs from Europe and what impact globalization has had and will have in affecting these differences. -- Richard Pells, author of Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II Rob Kroes's book addresses the buzzword 'globalization
from a most refreshing perspective. Kroes is worldly, well read, and erudite, a sociologist who eschews the jargon of the discipline while retaining a sociological imagination. Them and Us is packed with insights and ideas

--quite wonderful to read. -- Peter I. Rose, author of They and We

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Publication date

1st October 2000


Rob Kroes

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University of Illinois Press


240 pages


Cultural studies



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