Dissent from the Homeland
begins a new evaluation of how Americans think about September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. In this special issue well-known writers and scholars from across the humanities and social sciences take a critical look at U.S. domestic and foreign policies-past and present-as well as the recent surge of patriotism. These dissenting voices provide a thought-provoking alternative to the apparently overwhelming public approval of the U.S. military response to the September 11 attacks.
Addressing such questions as why the Middle East harbors a deep-seated hatred for the U.S., the contributors refuse to settle for the easy answers preferred by the mass media. "Thoughts in the Presence of Fear" urges Americans away from the pitfall of national self-righteousness toward an active peaceableness-an alert, informed, practiced state of being-deeply contrary to both passivity and war. Another essay argues that the U.S. drive to win the Cold War made the nation more like its enemies, leading the government to support ruthless anti-Communist tyrants such as Mobutu, Suharto, and Pinochet. "Groundzeroland" offers a sharp commentary on the power of American consumer culture to absorb the devastation and loss of life by transforming the attack sites into patriotic tourist attractions. James Nachtwey's photo essay provides a visual document of the devastation of the attacks.
Contributors. Michael Baxter, Jean Baudrillard, Robert Bellah, Daniel Berrigan, Wendell Berry, Vincent Cornell, Stanley Hauerwas, Fredric Jameson, Frank Lentricchia, Catherine Lutz, Jody McAuliffe, John Milbank, James Nachtwey, Peter Ochs, Anne Rosalind Slifkin, Rowan Williams, Susan Willis, Slavoj Zizek
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Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 159 x 19 mm
"Americans seeking intelligent, articulate and decidedly critical commentary on these matters should read Dissent from the Homeland... [E]ven if readers dispute some or even most of the arguments advanced in 'Dissent from the Homeland,' they would be foolish to ignore them." --Robert Neralich, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "Take this book to New York City, sit down by Ground Zero, and read it and weep."--Stephen H. Webb, Reviews in Religion and Theology "The South Atlantic Quarterly is an august journal, intensely conscious of its own distinguished history. In a publisher's forward, independent of the editorial introduction, Steve Cohn draws comparison between the September 11 volume and the first issues which came out in the early 1990s."-- Mark Gibson, Cultural Studies Review "[Dissent from the Homeland does] a good job of dispelling some of the more risible and discursive fictions that pertain to the event and its perpetrators."-- Julian Reid, Contemporary Political Theory "Each essay in the collection wakens the reader, urges a change in the tone of the American response to terror... The well-written and thoughtful essays call to those quiet voices who allow their leaders carte blanche. The experience of Dissent from the Homeland is a bit like reading Thoreau on Civil Disobedience: the reader comes away determined to be morally stronger. In this society we should count that a success--we need more intellectuals kicking against the pricks."--Christopher Porter, Symploke "This is without a doubt one of the most powerful and timely books that I have ever had the opportunity to review... There is much to enchant the scholar of religion in this collection, with some perceptive discussions of the signification of location (homeland, Virgin Land, and Ground Zero) and such signifiers as the flag and blood, not forgetting apocalypticism, theodicy, and eschatology."--Rosalind J. Hackett, Journal of Contemporary Religion