Power, Individualism, and Collective Self Perception in the USA

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Resource Type
Text : Journal article
Creator
  • Mennell, Stephen
Collective Title
  • Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung
    Vol. 45, No. 1 (2020)
Publication Date
2020-02
Embargo End Date
2020-08-13
Publication Place
Cologne
Contributor
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Editor)
Publisher
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Language
English
Free Keywords
USA; habitus; identity; we-feelings; individualism; established-outsider relations
Description
  • Abstract

    The thesis of this paper is that the key element in the shaping of the habitus of Americans has been their very long-term, virtually unbroken, experience of their country becoming more and more powerful vis-à-vis its neighbours. An increasing sense of their own powerfulness is related to the “individualism” that has so often been discussed as a key characteristic of the American “national character.” The long-term process of habitus formation has had important consequences for the role of the USA in world affairs since the Second World War, and may continue to do so in a future marked for the first time by a long-term decline in American power.
  • Series Information

    Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung Vol. 45, No. 1 (2020): Special Issue: Emotion, Authority, and National Character: Historical-Processual Perspectives.

    Starting Point and Frequency: Year: 1979, Issues per volume: 4, Volumes per year: 1

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    ISSN: 0172-6404
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    URL: https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/full-text-archive/2020/451-emotion-authority-and-national-character
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