Kennen Sie schon … die Encyclopedia of American Studies?

Dieses Nach­schlagew­erk bietet Artikel zur US-amerikanis­chen Geschichte, Poli­tik, Kul­tur, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft von der Vorkolo­nialzeit bis zur Gegen­wart:

Pub­lished by Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty Press for the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion (ASA), the Ency­clo­pe­dia of Amer­i­can Stud­ies cov­ers the his­to­ry, phi­los­o­phy, arts, and cul­tures of the Unit­ed States in rela­tion to the world, from pre-colo­nial days to the present, from var­i­ous per­spec­tives and the glob­al Amer­i­can Stud­ies move­ment. With over 800 online, search­able arti­cles and accom­pa­ny­ing bib­li­ogra­phies, relat­ed web­sites, illus­tra­tions, and sup­ple­men­tal mate­r­i­al, the Ency­clo­pe­dia of Amer­i­can Stud­ies is the lead­ing ref­er­ence work for Amer­i­can Stud­ies. Access to con­tent on this site is open to the pub­lic and is sub­ject to copy­right pro­tec­tion. 

Zur Dis­plizin der „Amer­i­can Stud­ies“:

Amer­i­can Stud­ies has its roots in efforts in the ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry to inter­pret Amer­i­can cul­ture and soci­ety holis­ti­cal­ly. As the field or dis­ci­pline has evolved, prac­ti­tion­ers fre­quent­ly men­tioned styl­is­tic, orga­ni­za­tion­al ten­den­cies such as an inte­gra­tive view of „see­ing things whole,“ „exam­in­ing the big pic­ture,“ or think­ing the­mat­i­cal­ly and crit­i­cal­ly; ori­en­ta­tion toward address­ing prob­lems, pat­terns, and issues of Amer­i­can soci­ety in „inter­sec­tion­al ways“ or „mul­ti­ple dimen­sions,“ includ­ing a vari­ety of non-tra­di­tion­al evi­dence in visu­al and mate­r­i­al cul­ture; con­sid­er­ing the influ­ence, often over­lap­ping, of local, region­al, nation­al, and glob­al con­texts, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the pro­duc­tion of folk and pop­u­lar expres­sive cul­tur­al forms; an applied project as socio­cul­tur­al crit­i­cism to reform Amer­i­ca or con­vey intel­lec­tu­al per­spec­tives to a wider pub­lic and pro­fes­sions in a vari­ety of insti­tu­tions (e.g., muse­ums and her­itage orga­ni­za­tions, gov­ern­ment, com­mu­ni­ty and cul­tur­al agen­cies, K‑12 edu­ca­tion, med­ical, busi­ness and legal pro­fes­sions); and a bridge (or the fre­quent­ly used metaphor of „cross­roads“) between, and com­par­a­tive project of, human­i­ties and social sci­ences, and some­times sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy, focused on a cru­cial, and com­plex, geopo­lit­i­cal area, and idea, of the world.
In sum, as expressed in an entry in the ency­clo­pe­dia, Amer­i­can Stud­ies iden­ti­fies and inter­prets themes, pat­terns, trends, behav­iors, tra­di­tions, and ideas that char­ac­ter­ize the Unit­ed States as a nation, an expe­ri­ence, a rhetoric, and peo­ples-past, present, and future; at home and abroad (or in counter-con­cep­tu­al­iza­tions tran­scend­ing bor­ders); and in thought and action. In short, as a dis­ci­pli­nary as well as mul­ti­di­men­sion­al intel­lec­tu­al enter­prise, Amer­i­can Stud­ies is unique­ly con­struct­ed to seek an under­stand­ing of Amer­i­can­ness.

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