Origins of Anti-Americanism A Framework for Analysis

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Why do They Hate Us? Origins of Anti-Americanism A Framework for Analysis

Why do they hate us? After 9/11, this question was heard throughout American media. Despite the interest about Anti-Americanism in the popular journalism, academic literature on the subject of Anti-Americanism has been surprising limited. While the limited research around Anti-Americanism has focused on which country's citizens are Anti-American and/or has attempted to quantify what Anti-Americanism is, little existing research has explained the social and economic factors which cause Anti-Americanism (Johnston, 2006, p. 2). This paper will seek to understand key cultural drivers that have fostered Anti-American sentiment. While outside the scope of this research, these results may contribute to a critical reassessment of the deep-seated roots of third world rage, and help avert future terrorist attack on United States interests.


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