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By Deborah J. Schildkraut

What does it suggest to be - or develop into - American amidst brand new immigration debates? Deborah Schildkraut explores public opinion in regards to the implications of yankee id. Importantly, the e-book evaluates the declare that each one american citizens should still prioritize their American identification rather than an ethnic or nationwide starting place identification. nationwide identification can increase participation, belief, and legal responsibility. however it may also result in probability and resentment, and, between individuals of minority teams, it will probably result in alienation from political associations and co-nationals.

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In this chapter, I develop measures of immigrant resentment and compare immigrant resentment to racial resentment and more old-fashioned beliefs about the preferred racial and religious background of immigrants. Then I show how immigrant resentment is a powerful influence over public opinion about immigration policy, even after controlling for economic factors, racial resentment, and old-fashioned beliefs. This chapter also contains an extensive discussion of the history of attitudes toward immigrants in the United States.

The conscientious way of dealing with the challenges of constructing a panethnicity variable, I argue, is to be transparent about coding decisions, collect the data in such a way that alternative specifications can be explored, and explain the logic of one’s choices. Having accomplished the first and second of these demands, my task now is to address the third. In particular, the decision here to have one’s Latino heritage trump all other heritages might strike some readers as a controversial one.

Only with properly tailored measures can we study which components of American identity matter when and for whom. Note that this inquiry is different from studies of people’s core values and how those core values Defining American Identity in the Twenty-First Century 39 shape policy attitudes (Feldman 1988). Rather, the concern here is the values and norms that people think uniquely and rightly constitute the meaning of American identity. It is the power of the associations people make between the values and the identity – and not just the values – that interests scholars of identity politics.

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