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Identity and Intolerance

Identity and Intolerance
Nationalism, Racism, and Xenophobia in Germany and the United States


Part of Publications of the German Historical Institute

Dietz Bering, Eileen Boris, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Carl N. Degler, Norbert Finzsch, Ute Gerhard, Lois E. Horton, Ralf Koch, Arnd Krüger, Gregg Kvistad, Dietmar Schirmer, Herbert Shapiro, Frank Trommler, Patricia Vertinsky, Peter Weingart
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  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525992

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  • In a world of increasingly heterogeneous societies, matters of identity politics and the links between collective identities and national, racial, or ethnic intolerance have assumed dramatic significance - and have stimulated an enormous body of research and literature which rarely transcends the limitations of a national perspective, however, and thus reproduces the limitations of its own topic. Comparative attempts are rare, if not altogether absent. Identity and Intolerance attempts to shift the focus toward comparison in order to show how German and American societies have historically confronted matters of national, racial, and ethnic inclusion and exclusion. This perspective sheds light on the specific links between the cultural construction of nationhood and otherness, the political modes of integration and exclusion, and the social conditions of tolerance and intolerance. The contributors also attempt to integrate the approaches offered by the history of ideas and ideologies, social history, and discourse theory.

    • Comparison of nationalism, racism, and xenophobia in Germany and the US
    • Discusses social and political practices of integration and exclusion, and of tolerance and intolerance
    • One of very few comparative studies of identity politics
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    '… it is a thought-provoking, accessible and well-written exercise.' Joseph M. Bradley, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525992
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.742kg
    • contains: 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Concepts of National Identity and the Symbolic Construction of Nations:
    1. National identity and the conditions of tolerance
    2. The historical invention and modern reinvention of two national identities
    3. Segmented politics: xenophobia, citizenship, and political loyalty in Germany
    4. The discoursive construction of national stereotypes: collective imagination and racist concepts in Germany before World War I
    5. Integration and fragmentation discourses: demanding and supplying 'identity' in diverse societies
    Part II. The Social and Cultural Practice of Racism:
    6. Race, class, and Southern racial violence
    7. Racism and Empire: a perspective on a new era of American history
    8. Police, African Americans, and Irish immigrants in the nation's capital
    9. The politics of boycotting: experiences in Germany and the United States since 1880
    10. Jews and the German language
    Part III. Race, Gender, Body, Biology:
    11. Ambiguous roles: the racial factor in American womanhood
    12. Citizenship embodied: racialized gender and the construction of nationhood in the United States
    13. Body matters: race, gender, and perceptions of physical ability from Goethe to Weininger
    14. A horse breeder's perspective: scientific racism in Germany, 1870–1933
    15. The thin line between eugenics and preventive medicine.

  • Editors

    Norbert Finzsch, Universität Hamburg

    Dietmar Schirmer, Cornell University, New York


    Dietz Bering, Eileen Boris, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Carl N. Degler, Norbert Finzsch, Ute Gerhard, Lois E. Horton, Ralf Koch, Arnd Krüger, Gregg Kvistad, Dietmar Schirmer, Herbert Shapiro, Frank Trommler, Patricia Vertinsky, Peter Weingart

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