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Immigration and the American Ethos

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Immigration and the American Ethos by Morris Levy
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What do Americans want from immigration policy and why? In the rise of a polarized and acrimonious immigration debate, leading accounts see racial anxieties and disputes over the meaning of American nationhood coming to a head. The resurgence of parochial identities has breathed new life into old worries about the vulnerability of the American Creed. This book tells a different story, one in which creedal values remain hard at work in shaping ordinary Americans' judgements about immigration. Levy and Wright show that perceptions of civic fairness - based on multiple, often competing values deeply rooted in the country's political culture - are the dominant guideposts by which most Americans navigate immigration controversies most of the time and explain why so many Americans simultaneously hold a mix of pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant positions. The authors test the relevance and force of the theory over time and across issue domains.

Author Biography

Morris Levy is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. Matthew Wright is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.
Release date NZ
January 2nd, 2020
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Worked examples or Exercises; 21 Line drawings, black and white
Cambridge University Press
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