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What does it suggest to be - or develop into - American amidst contemporary immigration debates? Deborah Schildkraut explores public opinion concerning the implications of yank identification. Importantly, the ebook evaluates the declare that every one americans should 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 result in danger and resentment, and, between participants of minority teams, it will probably result in alienation from political associations and co-nationals.

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These theories suggest that panethnic identities are often benign and can sometimes even neutralize the negative political consequences of discrimination. Absent that group attachment, mistreatment can lead to a withdrawal from collective action. At the same time, studies of social identity also find that the interaction between identity and discrimination might exacerbate alienation rather than mitigate it, especially with regard to prosocial behavior such as volunteering in one’s community or donating to charity.

Similarly, David Miller writes that national identities come to exist when a group of people share a public culture, and that this shared identity creates a sense of obligation to one another and fosters the “mutual understanding and trust that makes democratic citizenship possible” (1995, 185). He also defends the idea that it is fair to expect immigrants to demonstrate a familiarity with a nation’s culture as a condition of naturalization (Miller 2008; also see Pickus 2005). Michael Walzer likewise writes of the importance of shared meanings in self-governing societies (1983, 1996).

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.

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