Strangers in the Land

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:
Strangers in the Land

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This chapter, which examines the role of ethnocentrism in defining citizenship and restricting immigration, suggests that at least some of the opposition to immigration can be accounted for by ethnocentrism. It explains that ethnocentrism predisposes people to react to difference with suspicion, contempt, or condescension, especially if the new immigrants present conspicuous differences. The chapter also evaluates the impact of ethnocentrism on public opinion about immigration.

Keywords: ethnocentrism; citizenship; immigration; new immigrants; public opinion

Chapter.  8588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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