A post-American world? Assessing the cognitive and attitudinal impacts of challenges to American exceptionalism

Jason Gilmore, Charles Rowling

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A number of voices have emerged in U.S. political discourse questioning the legitimacy of American exceptionalism, suggesting we are in a “post-American world.” Our research examines the effects that political messages that explicitly challenge American exceptionalism can have on U.S. public opinion. Drawing upon social identity theory, we find that explicit challenges to American exceptionalism significantly impact Americans’ views toward their own nation, their willingness to denigrate foreign publics, and their broader foreign policy preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-65
Number of pages20
JournalCommunication Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2018



  • American exceptionalism
  • media effects
  • national identity
  • patriotism
  • political discourse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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