Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other


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University of California Press
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5.5 X 1.1 X 8.6 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Mugambi Jouet is Associate Professor at the USC Gould School of Law. His writing has been featured in The New Republic, Slate, Boston Review, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Salon, The Hill, Truthout, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde, and academic journals. He has traveled widely within America and internationally.


"A fresh contribution to the literature on US exceptionalism by exploring the divisions within US society over a range of key issues, including welfare, economic inequality, the justice system and foreign policy. Drawing on key facts and figures, Jouet presents an engaging analysis of the fundamental contradictions shaping the USA today. . . . Jouet's book covers a wide range of subjects, including legal studies, political sociology/science, criminology, comparative studies, history and economics. This book will spark a renewed discussion about what makes America exceptional."--London School of Economics Review of Books
"[Jouet] takes a long look at the notion of American exceptionalism in this thought-provoking new book. . . . he tackles his subject with a multicultural point of view, considering anti-intellectualism, fundamentalism, sex and gender roles and the politics of mass incarceration. The book takes the reader right up to the present; Jouet finished writing it just after the 2016 presidential election."-- (06/13/2017)
"Exceptional America is the type of book with which you have to laugh in order not to cry."--New York Journal of Books
"I found Jouet's book to be engaging, easy-to-read, and thought provoking, and I found myself sharing many of the author's intriguing statistics and findings out loud with my peers as I was reading. More importantly, though, Jouet unveils the forces driving political polarization and the kind of uniquely American beliefs that led to election of President Trump. He helps explain many far right stances that cosmopolitan liberals may otherwise dismiss as bigoted or uninformed."--Ameri Quests