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By N. Renwick

What's America's nationwide identification? This examine deals a brand new viewpoint into this question. It argues that this identification is 'constructed' instead of 'essential' and displays the politics of exclusion. This identificatory exclusion has been globalized via American monetary, cultural, political and army enlargement. The examine provocatively attracts upon poetry, literature, artwork, structure, gangsta rap, panorama and cityscape to light up the development of America's nationwide id and illustrates how this has been globalized in an more and more post-modernist situation.

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This 'Americanization' into society establishes the norms of expected behaviour; the parameters of acceptability and the criteria for recognizing personhood. Although it does not involve the anticipated loss of cultural distinctiveness, at least in principle, the actual processes of acculturation do involve a significant degree of cultural erasure for subordinated peoples. The psychological process, noted above, of identification of the subordinated 'Self through the lexicon of the dominant cultural identity is a feature of acculturation.

As Zinn has commented, if all woman have been oppressed, then black women and those of the so-called minority peoples have been 'doubly oppressed'30. 31 The experience of perceived exclusion and marginalization in the identity of America expressed through vernacularized language and literature has been an enduring one for each generation of younger people. Allen Ginsberg's scathing attack on America in his poem America epitomized his generation's unwillingness to accept the established norms of orthodox thinking and practice.

Audio-Visual Representation The features of the linguistic and literary outlined in the above discussion, 'popular' access, communality, commodification, escapist transcending of the everyday have remained central to identificatory practice experienced through the vernacularized mediums of radio, film and television in the twentieth century. The trajectory leading from the communal story-telling of 'tall tales' carries through the medium of the written word to the contemporary vehicles for mass story-telling in the industrial and post-industrial eras.

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