How Many Exceptionalisms?

Explorations in Comparative Macroanalysis

Edited by Aristide Zolberg
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PB: $32.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-832-6
Publication: May 08

HC: $61.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-831-9
Publication: May 08

376 pages
6 x 9
12 tables, 1 figs.

A collection of essays on the importance of comparative cultural analysis

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The essays in How Many Exceptionalisms? span the long history of the intellectual output of Aristide Zolberg, one of the most distinguished social scientists of our time. In this collection, Zolberg shows his originality, insights, and breadth of thought as he addresses subjects ranging from theories of immigration policy, the making of Belgium, and the origins of the modern world system.

Written over three decades, and featuring many essays that have not been in wide circulation, Zolberg here draws from political science, cultural anthropology, sociology, and history to provide a configurative analysis of and long-term approach to the cultural diversity in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Explorations in Political Macroanalysis
1. Patterns of National Integration
2. Moments of Madness
3. The Making of Flemings and Walloons: Belgium, 1830-1914
4. International Migration Policies in a Changing World System
5. Origins of the Modern World System: A Missing Link
6. The Formation of New States as a Refugee-Generating Process
7. How Many Exceptionalisms?
8. The Great Wall Against China: Responses to the First Immigration Crisis, 1885-1925
9. Matters of State: Theorizing Immigration Policy
10. Why Islam Is Like Spanish: Cultural Incorporation in Europe and the United States (co-authored by Long Litt Woon)
11. International Engagement and American Democracy: A Comparative Perspective Index

About the Author(s)

Aristide R. Zolberg is Walter Eberstadt Professor of Political Science and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America, and Creating Political Order: The Party-states of West Africa and co-author of Escape from Violence: Conflict and the Refugee Crisis in the Developing World.


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