Why Do People Hate America?
UK Publication January 1904
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The economic power of US corporations and the virus-like power of American popular culture affect the lives and infect the indigenous cultures of millions around the world. The foreign policy of the US government, backed by its military strength, has unprecedented global influence now that the USA is the world's only superpower - its first 'hyperpower'.
America also exports its value systems, defining what it means to be civilised, rational, developed and democratic - indeed, what it is to be human. Meanwhile, the US itself is impervious to outside influence, and if most Americans think of the rest of the world at all, it is in terms of deeply ingrained cultural stereotypes.
Many people do hate America, in the Middle East and the developing countries as well as in Europe. Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies explore the global impact of America's foreign policy and its corporate and cultural power, placing this unprecedented dominance in the context of America's own perception of itself. In doing so, they consider TV and the Hollywood machine as a mirror which reflects both the American Dream and the American Nightmare. Their analysis provides an important contribution to a debate which needs to be addressed by people of all nations, cultures, religions and political persuasions.
Required reading' Independent;
'Original and thought-provoking' New Statesman
--------------Ziauddin Sardar is a prominent journalist and author. Prolific and polymathic, he is a regular contributor to the New Statesman and The Observer. He presented The Battle for Islam on BBC Two in September 2005. His most recent books are Desperately Seeking Paradise and Balti Britain (Granta).
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Merryl Wyn Davies is a writer, anthropologist and former producer of religious programmes for the BBC.
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