Kellor quickly gathered the association's editors, launched a campaign portraying their papers as a force for Americanization
, and lobbied Congress.
For readers unfamiliar with that list of names, the second half of The Americanization
of Narcissism may prove challenging.
In his study Americanism and Americanization
: A Critical History of Domestic and Global Influence, Dutch sociologist Mel van Elteren defines Americanization
broadly as processes emanating from America that impact the norms or behaviors of non-Americans.
Founded by Presbyterian missionaries, Poly (the school's nickname) both promoted and constituted Americanization
. Missionaries explicitly articulated the consonance of their goals with those of the colonial state.
While the Americanization
of Israels founding story is a big part of the argument, the history and context of Uris's book and the decline of the narratives power both take up much more of the page count and of Silvers argumentative effort.
She places Americanization
in the broader context of Progressive era reforms and interprets the concept broadly, considering a wide range of initiatives involving labor conditions, housing, and services for immigrants as well as diverse educational efforts.
Mirel's correction of the traditional picture comes about through a close examination of the schooling of immigrant school children and Americanization
education for immigrant workers in Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit, all major concentrations of immigrants in the early 20th century.
Although her involvement in the Americanization
movement was only one aspect of Kellor's long and productive career, it has become the contribution for which she is best remembered (Miller, 1997).
A California educator, he conducted a study on the development of an Americanization
program based on the melting-pot theory (Gordon 1964) and on his perceptions that Mexicans were culturally disadvantaged (Hill 1928).
The author examines her thesis of the "irresistible Americanization
of Europe" with reference to a number of innovations including the introduction of supermarkets and chain stores, the popularity of Hollywood films and celebrities among European audiences, the spread of service associations such as Rotary, the adoption of big brand marketing and the general inculcation of consumerism among the mass of the population.
It reminds me of the way Emily Barham (Julie Andrews) was Americanized in Arthur Hiller's 1964 political conscious comedy The Americanization
of Emily.This 115-minute movie also stars Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, Ed Binns, Joyce Grenfell and James Garner as Lieutenant Commander Charles E.
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