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Ethnocentrism Reconceived

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/9780226435725.003.0003
Ethnocentrism Reconceived

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This chapter proposes a theoretical framework to explain the nature of ethnocentrism. It suggests that ethnocentrism is a predisposition to divide human society into in-groups and out-groups that plays an important part in matters of political consequence. The chapter also argues that ethnocentrism will be more or less important to public opinion on an issue depending on the ability of the issue to command the public's limited and fickle attention, and on how the particular issue is framed.

Keywords: ethnocentrism; theoretical framework; human society; in-groups; out-groups; political consequence; public opinion

Chapter.  4523 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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