Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration

Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration

By: Deborah Jill Schildkraut (author)Hardback

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This book explores public opinion about being and becoming American, and its implications for contemporary immigration debates. It focuses on the causes and consequences of two aspects of American identity: how people define being American and whether people think of themselves primarily as American rather than as members of a panethnic or national origin group. Importantly, the book evaluates the claim - made by scholars and pundits alike - that all Americans should prioritize their American identity instead of an ethnic or national origin identity. It finds that national identity within American democracy can be a blessing or a curse. It can enhance participation, trust, and obligation. But it can be a curse when perceptions of deviation lead to threat and resentment. It can also be a curse for minorities who are attached to their American identity but also perceive discrimination.

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Deborah J. Schildkraut is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. She is also the author of Press "One" for English: Language Policy, Public Opinion, and American Identity.


1. Introduction; 2. The 21st century Americanism survey; 3. Defining American identity in the 21st century; 4. Policy implications of multidimensional Americanism; 5. The myths and realities of identity prioritization; 6. Does 'becoming American' create a 'better' American?; 7. Immigrant resentment: when the work ethic backfires; 8. The politics of American identity.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/11/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780521191753
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780521191753
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 0521191750

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