By Deborah J. Schildkraut

ISBN-10: 0521191750

ISBN-13: 9780521191753

What does it suggest to be - or turn into - American amidst state-of-the-art immigration debates? Deborah Schildkraut explores public opinion in regards to the implications of yank identification. Importantly, the ebook evaluates the declare that every one americans may still prioritize their American id rather than an ethnic or nationwide starting place id. nationwide identification can increase participation, belief, and legal responsibility. however it may also bring about danger and resentment, and, between contributors of minority teams, it might result in alienation from political associations and co-nationals.

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I underscore the conditional nature of the political impact of panethnic, national origin, and American identities and the extent to which they can become politicized under conditions of threat. Sometimes this politicization generates civic connections although other times it promotes political alienation. Studying the causes and consequences of political identities has taken on a prominent role in political science throughout the past decade and with Introduction 21 good reason. Much research has shown that political behavior is driven by more than just material concerns, and that commitments to groups motivate a significant amount of human action.

Countless studies have documented its enduring influence over elites, masses, and institutions (Lipset 1963; McClosky and Zaller 1984; Feldman 1988; Citrin et al. 1994). The normative boundaries liberalism places on membership in the American community are that group members endorse liberal principles, try not to infringe upon the political and economic rights and freedoms of others, and try to achieve the 2 Smith’s “multiple traditions” model includes liberalism, ethnoculturalism, and civic republicanism only.

Rather, constitutive norms that have been traditionally overlooked can promote more inclusive preferences. I find, for example, that constitutive American norms are consistently strong predictors of language policy preferences, yet their influence is quite nuanced. Certain civic republican norms, for instance, promote support for bilingual ballots while norms about free speech lead people to reject policies dictating that English must be used in signs on private businesses. Other civic republican norms, however, consistently promote support for a variety of restrictive policies.

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