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Introduction: Sumner's Conjecture

in Us Against Them

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226435701
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226435725 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226435725.003.0001
Introduction: Sumner's Conjecture

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the role of ethnocentrism in contemporary American public opinion, and explains that although ethnocentrism is an ancient phenomenon, it is a modern word, invented at the opening of the twentieth century by William Graham Sumner. The book seeks to show how ethnocentrism affects public opinion, contributes to processes of public discussion and deliberation, and influences the direction of government action and public policy.

Keywords: ethnocentrism; American public opinion; William Graham Sumner; public discussion; government action; public policy

Chapter.  1492 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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