Unmaking an exception: a critical genealogy of US exceptionalism

Hughes, David (2015) Unmaking an exception: a critical genealogy of US exceptionalism. Review of International Studies, 41 (3). pp. 527-551. ISSN 0260-2105

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US exceptionalism is a hot topic in contemporary political discourse in the United States and in recent years it has attracted increasing attention from International Relations (IR) scholars. Unfortunately, however, analysis of US exceptionalism has been compromised by its failure to historicise the concept and by its reliance on myths cultivated in other disciplines. This article offers a critical genealogy of US exceptionalism in order to expose it for what it is: a discourse that works to legitimate the United States' exceptions to domestic and international law in the minds of its citizens and foreign observers.

Keywords:US foreign policy
Subjects:L Social studies > L250 International Relations
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T700 American studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:23 Nov 2017 11:28

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