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The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America

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The Rites of Assent examines the cultural strategies through which 'America' served as a vehicle simultaneously for diversity and cohesion, fusion and fragmentation.

Taking an ethnographic, cross-cultural approach, The Rites of Assent traces the meanings and purposes of 'America' back to the colonial typology of mission, and specifically (in chapters on Puritan rhetoric, C
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Paperback, First Edition, 436 pages
Published 1993 by Routledge (first published November 10th 1992)
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Describes how, from the time of the Puritans, the ideology of "America" has offered a way to envision consensus within dissensus -- through expansion and continual revolution. In this way, even resistance and dissent in America have actually supported and renewed the dominant ideology of progress. From the time of the Puritans, Bercovitch argues, Americans have perceived their common identity as one of an unfulfilled mission.
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