Anglo-America and its Discontents

Civilizational Identities beyond West and East

Edited by Peter J. Katzenstein

© 2012 – Routledge

304 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Anglo-America is a clearly identifiable part of what is commonly referred to as the West. The West exists, this book argues, in the form of multiple traditions that have currency in America, Europe, the Americas, and a few outposts in the Southern hemisphere.

Led by the British Empire until the beginning and by the United States since the middle of the twentieth century, Anglo-America has been at the very centre of world politics. Bridging the European and the American West, Anglo-America is distinctive, not unique. These multiple Wests coexist with each other and with other civilizations, as parts of one global civilization containing multiple modernities. And like all other civilizations, Anglo-America is marked by multiple traditions and internal pluralism. Once deeply held notions and practices of imperial rule and racial hierarchy now take the form of hegemony or multilateralism and politically contested versions of multiculturalism. At its core Anglo-America is fluid, not fixed. The analytical perspectives of this book are laid out in Katzenstein’s opening and concluding chapters. They are explored in seven outstanding case studies, written by widely known authors, which combine historical and contemporary perspectives.

Featuring an exceptional line-up and representing a diversity of theoretical views within one integrative perspective, this work will be of interest to all scholars and students of international relations, sociology and political science.

Table of Contents

1. The West as Anglo-America Peter J Katzenstein Part I 2. The Project for a New Anglo Century: Race, Space and Global Order Duncan Bell 3. Anglo-America as a Global Suburbia: The Political Economy of Land and Endogenous Multiculturalism Herman Schwartz Part II 4. The Imperial Self: A Perspective on Anglo-America from South Africa, India and Ireland Audie Klotz 5. The Search for Liberal Anglo-America: From Racial Supremacy to Multicultural Politics Srdjan Vucetic Part III 6. Negotiating Anglo-America: Australia, Canada and the United States Lous W Pauly and Chris Reus-Smit 7. Diplomatic Cultures: Multiple Wests and Identities in US-Canada and US-Mexico Relations Brian Bow and Arturo Santa-Cruz 8. Special Relationships: Australia and New Zealand in the Anglo-American World David MacDonald and Brendon O'Connor Part IV 9. Many Wests and Polymorphic Globalism Peter J Katzenstein

About the Editor

Peter J. Katzenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, USA. His work addresses issues of political economy, security, and culture in world politics.

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