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The American Exception, Volume 1


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Frank J. Lechner
    Pages 1-21
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 247-253

About this book


This book examines what makes the United States an exceptional society, what impact it has had abroad, and why these issues have mattered to Americans. With historical and comparative evidence, Frank J. Lechner describes the distinctive path of American institutions and tracks changes in the country’s national identity in order to assess claims about America’s ‘exceptional’ qualities. The book analyzes several focal points of exceptionalist thinking about America, including the importance of US Constitution and the American sense of mission, and explores several aspects of America’s distinctive global impact; for example, in economics and film. In addition to discussing the distinctive global impact of the US, this first volume delves into religion, law, and sports.  


US History Exceptionalism Globalization US Politics US Law Sports Technology Culture World Stage American Exceptionalism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

About the authors

Frank J. Lechner is Professor of Sociology at Emory University, USA. He has published World Culture: Origins and Consequences (2004; with John Boli), The Netherlands: Globalization and National Identity (2008), and Globalization: The Making of World Society (2009). With John Boli he edited The Globalization Reader (fifth edition, 2015). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The American Exception, Volume 1
  • Authors Frank J. Lechner
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-58716-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93659-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-58717-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 253
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Theory
    American Culture
    US History
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