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Globalizing American Studies$
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Brian T. Edwards and Gaonkar Dilip Parameshwar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226185064

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226185088.001.0001

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Bodies of Knowledge

Bodies of Knowledge

The Exchange of Intellectuals and Intellectual Exchange between Scotland and America in the Post-Revolutionary Period

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Globalizing American Studies

Kariann Akemi Yokota

University of Chicago Press

Americans aspire to reach the pinnacle of their field. Ultimate success is predicated on their ability to deftly traverse the transatlantic networks between America and Great Britain. Although individual motivations differed, in the main, serving as the definitive source of knowledge within the transatlantic world allowed British institutions to maintain their cultural hegemony over the newly independent United States. Both Edinburgh and London represented important sources of refinement and learning, and Americans visited Scotland and England as part of the process of garnering cultural polish from their travels abroad. Analyzing Americans' travels to Scotland and the recruitment of Scottish intellectuals to the United States demonstrates how the geography of value in the early national period defined the relationship of Scotland and America within the framework of the British Empire. Such a mapping illustrates how, at any given time, particular objects held different values at different locations. Related to this economy of relative location, the movement of these same objects from one place to another became a lucrative social and economic practice.

Keywords:   knowledge, Americans, Great Britain, British empire, economy

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