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The Resource American niceness : a cultural history, Carrie Tirado Bramen

American niceness : a cultural history, Carrie Tirado Bramen

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American niceness : a cultural history
Title
American niceness
Title remainder
a cultural history
Statement of responsibility
Carrie Tirado Bramen
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Despite Fanny Trollope's dismissal of Americans as tobacco chewing, patriotic boors, travelers have a long history of commenting on American friendliness. Alexis De Tocqueville observed that their sociability made Americans more akin to the French than the "unfriendly disposition of the English." And Rudyard Kipling remarked, "it is perfectly impossible to go to war with these people, whatever they may do. They are much too nice." Although it often goes unnamed as a pattern of behavior, niceness pervades the assumptions, discourses, and the everyday conduct of and about Americans. But how and when did Americans become associated with being nice? Carrie Tirado Bramen argues that in the nineteenth century niceness became an indispensable part of a democratic personality that was friendly and accessible, free from the Old World snobbery of a class-ridden society. It defined the geist of a white settler nation based on transience and cohered through a common affect that Bramen calls "manifest cheerfulness." American niceness has figured in a national fantasy of American exceptionalism, based neither exclusively nor even primarily on military might and economic prowess, but on more mundane attributes such as friendliness. The distinctiveness of Americans has been largely shaped through the language of sociality and the importance of likability.--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
MH/DLC
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM1161
LC item number
.B73 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
American niceness : a cultural history, Carrie Tirado Bramen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: American niceness and the democratic personality -- Indian giving and the dangers of hospitality -- Southern niceness and the slave's smile -- The Christology of niceness -- Feminine niceness -- The likable empire from Plymouth Rock to the Philippines
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
368 pages
Isbn
9780674976498
Lccn
2017003004
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)972736391
  • 1635102
  • (OCoLC)ocn972736391
  • 1635102
Label
American niceness : a cultural history, Carrie Tirado Bramen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: American niceness and the democratic personality -- Indian giving and the dangers of hospitality -- Southern niceness and the slave's smile -- The Christology of niceness -- Feminine niceness -- The likable empire from Plymouth Rock to the Philippines
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
368 pages
Isbn
9780674976498
Lccn
2017003004
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)972736391
  • 1635102
  • (OCoLC)ocn972736391
  • 1635102

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