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

Mugambi Jouet


Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, including wealth inequality, health care, climate change, evolution, the literal truth of the Bible, apocalyptical prophecies, gender roles, abortion, gay rights, sexual education, gun control, mass incarceration, the death penalty, torture, human rights, and war. The intense polarization of U.S. conservatives and liberals has become a key dimension of American exceptionalism—an idea widely misunderstood as American superiority. It is rather what makes America an exception, for better or worse. While exceptionalism once wa ... More

Keywords: American Exceptionalism, Polarization, Comparative Politics and Law, Conservatism, Racism, Fundamentalism, Wealth Inequality, Anti-Intellectualism, Mass Incarceration and Death Penalty, Human Rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293298
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mugambi Jouet, author
Stanford Law School