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Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in by Deborah J. Schildkraut

By Deborah J. Schildkraut

What does it suggest to be - or develop into - American amidst ultra-modern immigration debates? Deborah Schildkraut explores public opinion concerning the implications of yank identification. Importantly, the e-book evaluates the declare that every one american citizens should still prioritize their American identification rather than an ethnic or nationwide starting place id. nationwide id can increase participation, belief, and legal responsibility. however it may also bring about probability and resentment, and, between participants of minority teams, it could bring about alienation from political associations and co-nationals.

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Research in both of these fields suggests that the perception of a common group identity and a shared understanding of a group’s value and meaning can be important ingredients for stability and cooperation. From the psychological side, John Transue found, for example, that when whites were primed to think about being American they were more likely to support having their own taxes raised to help minorities than whites who 34 Defining American Identity in the Twenty-First Century 35 were primed to think of their ethnicity (2007).

18 Americanism in the Twenty-First Century who look Arab or Muslim in order to prevent terrorist attacks. Debates about language and profiling policies such as these have inflamed passions in recent years and can have very real consequences for the people affected by them. Moreover, they are intricately tied to broader debates about the boundaries of American national identity and about who is entitled to the full range of rights and opportunities that come with membership in the political community.

From the psychological side, John Transue found, for example, that when whites were primed to think about being American they were more likely to support having their own taxes raised to help minorities than whites who 34 Defining American Identity in the Twenty-First Century 35 were primed to think of their ethnicity (2007). Similarly, Samuel Gaertner and colleagues found that white college students were more likely to agree to a black student’s request for help if the black student was wearing a hat with the school’s logo (2000, 63).

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