The problem of American habitus

  • How is it possible to write about "American" habitus in general, when the United States is socially, geographically, ethically and politically so diverse? "The USA", it has been observed, "is not a country, it is a continent". The social forces and social processes shaping the habitus of Americans are multifarious. There has not, for example, ever been a single elite in the USA as a whole that has succeeded in monopolising the social "model-setting" function to the extent that was common in the history of many Western European countries. For the development of American habitus, Stephen Mennell advances a central proposition: His thesis is that the central historic experience shaping the social habitus of Americans is that of their country constantly becoming more powerful relative to its neighbours. This has had long-term and all-pervasive effects on the way Americans see themselves, on how they perceive the rest of the world, and how others see them.

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Author:Stephen Mennell
Parent Title (German):LiTheS : Zeitschrift für Literatur- und Theatersoziologie
Place of publication:Graz
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2019/09/06
Year of first Publication:2010
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/09/23
GND Keyword:Habitus; USA; Gesellschaft
Volume:3 (2010)
Issue:Nummer 3 = Habitus I
Page Number:18
First Page:59
Last Page:76
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / LiTheS. Zeitschrift für Literatur- und Theatersoziologie
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:LiTheS / LiTheS Nr. 3, 2010
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 4.0