Postethnic America by David A. Hollinger
Beyond Multiculturalism

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First published in 1995, Postethnic America was widely hailed as a groundbreaking proposal for healing our nation's ethnic divisions. David A. Hollinger, one of America's foremost intellectual historians, argues for replacing the pluralist model of multiculturalism that is based on the idea of group rights with a cosmopolitan model that recognizes the reality of shifting group boundaries and multiple identities. Postethnic America is a bracing reminder of America's universalist promise, and a stirring call for a new form of nationalism. In this tenth-anniversary edition, Hollinger has added a new postscript in which he responds to his critics and addresses the contemporary conversation about race, ethnicity, inequality, and nationalism in America.
 

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David A. Hollinger is the Preston Hotchkis Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former president of the Organization of American Historians. His books include "Science, Jews, and Secular Culture: Studies in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Intellectual History" (Princeton) and "Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism".
 
Published February 28, 2006 by Basic Books. 312 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Thus, the lack of national poverty programs betrays ``the traditional American emphasis on the freedom of individual affiliation''--the cornerstone of Hollinger's postethnic ideal.

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Defenders of cultural diversity must move beyond multiculturalism, avows UC Berkeley historian Hollinger in this thoughtful, challenging but mainly theoretical essay.

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