AC 100 Rethinking American Culture Fall 2007 Study Guide for Bender, A Nation among Nations Installment 1: Material to prepare for Thursday, 9/27 Introduction Read all pages (3-14) Be able to define, comparing your own sense of the words with the dictionary’s: • Nation-state • Citizen • Cosmopolitan • Contingent Reflect on your own understanding of “the fullness of… the axis of time or the axis of space” (p. 12). How far does your own life extend on these axes? (Think of your affiliations and associations as expansively as possible.) Be able to explain, as well, their significance to Bender’s argument. In other words, describe Bender’s objectives in writing this book. What goals does he make explicit? What do these goals suggest about his underlying motives? Chapter One
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