Anti-Americanism and the American World Order
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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Part I: Themes and Theory
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What is the image of the United States of America abroad? What opinion do foreign publics have of the United States, its citizens and its institutions, its ideals and its culture, its policies and its symbols? What attitudes do they have towards all things American? In the early years of...
2. Two Theories on Anti-Americanism
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If shelves in university bookstores count as reliable indicators of the fundamental political questions faced by a society, the message they convey in the early years of the twenty-first century is clear: the position of the United States in the world has emerged as the central issue...
Part II: Features
3. Patterns of Anti-Americanism
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To unravel the puzzle of the mixture of aspiration and opposition that is associated with the United States, that is, to understand who says what of the United States, I begin with an analysis of the status of Americaâs image in 2002 in seven regions of the...
4. Testing the Soft Power Thesis
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As we have seen, attitudes towards the United States are far from homogeneous. Ordinary people elaborate a variety of opinions that reflect their individual assessment of the United States, its society, and its international political behavior. Taken at face value, that evidence...
Part III: Sources
5. Profiles of Anti-Americanism
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The empirical investigations conducted in Chapters 3 and 4 demonstrate the multidimensional nature of anti-American sentiment. When ordinary people are asked to express their feelings towards the United States, their responses reflect their evaluations of a variety of national...
6. The Sources of the Policy and Polity Frames
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Next we shall try to identify some sources of anti-American sentiment by probing the characteristics of the respondents and the political contexts within which they elaborated their opinions in the two samples of data from the 2002 Zogby International Survey and the 2002...
Part IV: Persistence
7. Anti-Americanism beyond 2002
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The wide array of empirical evidence presented here mounts a strong challenge to the idea of an anti-American syndrome in the American world order. The perceptions of the United States among ordinary people are multifaceted, not an endemic cultural opposition. When Timothy...
8. An Evaluation of the Persistence of Anti-Americanism
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From the empirical profile of negative public opinions of the United States, we can assess to what extent these opinions are responses to contingent factors, such as the current U.S. president, or to more deeply ingrained and antagonistic beliefs, such as the sense that the...
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Elusive or ubiquitous, pernicious or irrelevant, anti-Americanism has been a staple feature of the discourse on international politics in the dawning years of the American world order. It informs everyday conversations, journalistic commentaries, and academic reflections in a variety of...
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Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 30 figures
Publication Year: 2009