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Redeemer Nation In the InterregnumAn Untimely Meditation on the American Vocation$
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William V. Spanos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268153

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268153.001.0001

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American Exceptionalism and the Calling

American Exceptionalism and the Calling

A Genealogy of the Vocational Ethic

(p.105) Chapter 4 American Exceptionalism and the Calling
Redeemer Nation In the Interregnum

William V. Spanos

Fordham University Press

This chapter constitutes a genealogy of the American nation-state and its vocation. It traces the origins of the American capitalist nation-state to the Puritan notion of “the calling”: the call from a Higher Cause that, in giving an identity to the called, renders him/her Its obedient servant, or, in Louis Althusser's language, an interpellated—subjected—subject.

Keywords:   calling, exceptionalism, interpellation, Puritan work ethic, vocation

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