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UDC 368:338.48
DOI: 10.22412/1995-0411-2017-11-1-7-17

Maximiliano E. KORSTANJE
University of Palermo (Buenos Aires, Argentina); PhD, Professor; e-mail: mkorst@palermo.edu, maxikorstanje@arnet.com.ar

Geoffrey R. SKOLL
Buffalo State College the State University of New York (Buffalo, New York, USA); PhD, Associate Professor; e-mail: skollgr@buffalostate.edu, skoll@uwm.edu


Following a general introduction of colonialism, this essay reflects on the growth of US imperialism. It notes that colonialist exploitation depends on a pervasive ethnocentrism in which the metropolis is depicted as morally and culturally superior to the colonized. An example of travel writing is used to examine and appreciate this ethnocentric discourse. Precisely because travel literature is not written as a racist or ethnocentric polemic, it is useful in coming to understand the implicit value system and ethos that forms the foundation of colonial ethnocentrism. In the particular example, the colonial ethnocentrism is linked to the ideology of American exceptionalism which has deep roots in the American Puritan tradition.

Keywords: American exceptionalism, colonialism, culture, ethnocentrism, literature, tourism, travel.


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Bibliographic description 

  • Korstanje, M. E., & Skoll, G. R. (2017). Exploring the archetype of Americaness and the excemplary principle: the fear of traveling abroad. Sovremennye problemy servisa i turizma [Service and Tourism: Current Challenges], 11(1), 7-17. doi: 10.22412/1995-0411-2017-11-1-7-17. 

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