A Forgetful Nation: On Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States

3.9 avg rating
( 10 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780822336198: A Forgetful Nation: On Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States

In A Forgetful Nation, the renowned postcolonialism scholar Ali Behdad turns his attention to the United States. Offering a timely critique of immigration and nationalism, Behdad takes on an idea central to American national mythology: that the United States is “a nation of immigrants,” welcoming and generous to foreigners. He argues that Americans’ treatment of immigrants and foreigners has long fluctuated between hospitality and hostility, and that this deep-seated ambivalence is fundamental to the construction of national identity. Building on the insights of Freud, Nietzsche, Foucault, and Derrida, he develops a theory of the historical amnesia that enables the United States to disavow a past and present built on the exclusion of others.

Behdad shows how political, cultural, and legal texts have articulated American anxiety about immigration from the Federalist period to the present day. He reads texts both well-known—J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass—and lesser-known—such as the writings of nineteenth-century nativists and of public health officials at Ellis Island. In the process, he highlights what is obscured by narratives and texts celebrating the United States as an open-armed haven for everyone: the country’s violent beginnings, including its conquest of Native Americans, brutal exploitation of enslaved Africans, and colonialist annexation of French and Mexican territories; a recurring and fierce strand of nativism; the need for a docile labor force; and the harsh discipline meted out to immigrant “aliens” today, particularly along the Mexican border.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

"By way of valuable new readings of Jefferson, Hamilton, Tocqueville, Crèvecoeur, and others, Ali Behdad has found a new way into established terrain. Neither pro- nor anti-immigration per se, this book traces the cultural workings and productions of immigration politics, an angle explored by few contributors to the immigration literature. A Forgetful Nation should be required reading for all those interested in the long and often hidden history of nation-building in the United States."—Bonnie Honig, author of Democracy and the Foreigner

"This book offers a deeply relevant argument in the wake of 9/11 and counter-terror. Ali Behdad provides psychological depth to immigration discourse with a nuanced examination of ‘forgetting’ as a mode of negation that both denies and acknowledges a past built on the exclusion of otherness."—Russ Castronovo, author of Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States

From the Back Cover:

"This book offers a deeply relevant argument in the wake of 9/11 and counter-terror. Ali Behdad provides psychological depth to immigration discourse with a nuanced examination of 'forgetting' as a mode of negation that both denies and acknowledges a past built on the exclusion of otherness."--Russ Castronovo, author of "Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States"

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0822336197

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In A Forgetful Nation, the renowned postcolonialism scholar Ali Behdad turns his attention to the United States. Offering a timely critique of immigration and nationalism, Behdad takes on an idea central to American national mythology: that the United States is a nation of immigrants, welcoming and generous to foreigners. He argues that Americans treatment of immigrants and foreigners has long fluctuated between hospitality and hostility, and that this deep-seated ambivalence is fundamental to the construction of national identity. Building on the insights of Freud, Nietzsche, Foucault, and Derrida, he develops a theory of the historical amnesia that enables the United States to disavow a past and present built on the exclusion of others.Behdad shows how political, cultural, and legal texts have articulated American anxiety about immigration from the Federalist period to the present day. He reads texts both well-known-J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur s Letters from an American Farmer, Alexis de Tocqueville s Democracy in America, and Walt Whitman s Leaves of Grass-and lesser-known-such as the writings of nineteenth-century nativists and of public health officials at Ellis Island. In the process, he highlights what is obscured by narratives and texts celebrating the United States as an open-armed haven for everyone: the country s violent beginnings, including its conquest of Native Americans, brutal exploitation of enslaved Africans, and colonialist annexation of French and Mexican territories; a recurring and fierce strand of nativism; the need for a docile labor force; and the harsh discipline meted out to immigrant aliens today, particularly along the Mexican border. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9780822336198

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.71
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In A Forgetful Nation, the renowned postcolonialism scholar Ali Behdad turns his attention to the United States. Offering a timely critique of immigration and nationalism, Behdad takes on an idea central to American national mythology: that the United States is a nation of immigrants, welcoming and generous to foreigners. He argues that Americans treatment of immigrants and foreigners has long fluctuated between hospitality and hostility, and that this deep-seated ambivalence is fundamental to the construction of national identity. Building on the insights of Freud, Nietzsche, Foucault, and Derrida, he develops a theory of the historical amnesia that enables the United States to disavow a past and present built on the exclusion of others. Behdad shows how political, cultural, and legal texts have articulated American anxiety about immigration from the Federalist period to the present day. He reads texts both well-known-J. Hector St.John de Crevecoeur s Letters from an American Farmer, Alexis de Tocqueville s Democracy in America, and Walt Whitman s Leaves of Grass-and lesser-known-such as the writings of nineteenth-century nativists and of public health officials at Ellis Island. In the process, he highlights what is obscured by narratives and texts celebrating the United States as an open-armed haven for everyone: the country s violent beginnings, including its conquest of Native Americans, brutal exploitation of enslaved Africans, and colonialist annexation of French and Mexican territories; a recurring and fierce strand of nativism; the need for a docile labor force; and the harsh discipline meted out to immigrant aliens today, particularly along the Mexican border. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9780822336198

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke Univ
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke Univ. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 2593729

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 7956410

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.23
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press Books
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press Books. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780822336198

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.13
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press (2005)
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press, 2005. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # CA-9780822336198

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.85
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0822336197

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke Univ Pr (2005)
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke Univ Pr, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 232 pages. 9.50x6.25x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0822336197

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Ali Behdad
Published by Duke University Press Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 0822336197 ISBN 13: 9780822336198
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Duke University Press Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0822336197

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book