American Values: Reinvention


Monday, December 13, 2010

rusty American flag, poverty A rusty American flag. (Michael Rosenquest/flickr)

We frequently hear the term “values” discussed with regard to American politics, culture and life. But what are "American values?"

This whole week, we’ll be delving into that question. We're talking with experts and real people, both, and we’d love to hear from you as well: What do you consider to be "American values?"

We’re kicking off the series today with Toby Miller, a British-Australian-US interdisciplinary social scientist and author of “Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention.”

In Dr. Miller’s opinion, reinvention is one of the most distinctively American things about our culture.


Toby Miller

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Phil O'Reilly from NYC

At age 59 got a blodclot in my leg preventing me from driving the limo anymore.
Reinvented myself as a standup comic in NYC.
Wouldn't of mustard the nerve to do it if it wasn't for the bloodclot.
Happy as hell.

Dec. 13 2010 03:18 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Mobility within the U.S. is not necessarily the same as economic mobility. Economic disparity - which has widened the past 30-40 years, and become rapid over the past 15 - is hidden by the fact that people still believe in the "American Dream" and want more, often creating the notion that you should vote for what you aspire to tomorrow instead of what you face in your current life and circumstances. To wit; "What's the Matter with Kansas?"

Dec. 13 2010 09:59 AM

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