United Statesians: The Nationalism of Empire

  • Melanie E. L. Bush
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


Events of the 21st century have led to heightened contestation about the meaning and parameters of U.S. nationalism, patriotism, and loyalty. At a time when questioning and dissent are viewed as matters of social responsibility among some and as criminal acts by others, when the U.S. issues travel bans for several majority-Muslim countries and immigrants who have contributed significantly to the nation are increasingly subject to deportation, we can easily say that “notions of nation”, who “belongs” and the very character of the U.S. are in transition. What functions do nationalism, patriotism, and citizenship serve in a nation founded and built upon the presumption of empire? With this question in mind, this chapter explores this history within the context of the emergence of coloniality and the modern world system and examines its contemporary expression.


Nation Empire United States Coloniality Whiteness Nationalism Patriotism Imperialism 


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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