Contributors: W. Barnett Pearce, Stephen E. Lucas, Donal Carbaugh, Molefi Kete Asante, Everett M. Rogers, William B Hart, Roderick P. Hart Jr., and Julia T. Wood.

Language and Agency in the Transformation of American Identity

Language and agency in the transformation of American identity
Molefi KeteAsante Temple University

The narratives of social, psychological, and cultural location have had an impact upon the very nature of the American democracy, because we are now confronted more sharply with the inevitable question of agency in all our human transactions (Sarbin, 1986). A society more explicitly diverse and more conscious of its diversity creates new contours in its political and social spheres, contours that have never appeared in as bold an outline as the present. Some see the emphasis on agency as a call for tribalization, the breakup of society, and the unmaking of the American democracy. Not only is this an alarmist reaction to the very ...

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