The Politics Of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion, And Immigration

Paperback | August 12, 2013

byNatalie Masuoka, Jane Junn

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The United States is once again experiencing a major influx of immigrants. Questions about who should be admitted and what benefits should be afforded to new members of the polity are among the most divisive and controversial contemporary political issues.

Using an impressive array of evidence from national surveys, The Politics of Belonging illuminates patterns of public opinion on immigration and explains why Americans hold the attitudes they do. Rather than simply characterizing Americans as either nativist or nonnativist, this book argues that controversies over immigration policy are best understood as questions over political membership and belonging to the nation. The relationship between citizenship, race, and immigration drive the politics of belonging in the United States and represents a dynamism central to understanding patterns of contemporary public opinion on immigration policy. Beginning with a historical analysis, this book documents why this is the case by tracing the development of immigration and naturalization law, institutional practices, and the formation of the American racial hierarchy. Then, through a comparative analysis of public opinion among white, black, Latino, and Asian Americans, it identifies and tests the critical moderating role of racial categorization and group identity on variation in public opinion on immigration.

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The United States is once again experiencing a major influx of immigrants. Questions about who should be admitted and what benefits should be afforded to new members of the polity are among the most divisive and controversial contemporary political issues.Using an impressive array of evidence from national surveys, The Politics of Belo...

Natalie Masuoka is assistant professor of political science at Tufts University. She lives in Boston, MA. Jane Junn is professor of political science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. She is coauthor of Education and Democratic Citizenship in America.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:August 12, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022605716X

ISBN - 13:9780226057163

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Conditional Welcome

Chapter 1     Public Opinion through a Racial Prism
Chapter 2     Development of the American Racial Hierarchy: Race, Immigration, and Citizenship
Chapter 3     The Pictures in Our Heads: The Content and Application of Racial Stereotypes
Chapter 4     Perceptions of Belonging: Race and Group Membership
Chapter 5     The Racial Prism of Group Identity: Antecedents to Attitudes on Immigration
Chapter 6     Framing Immigration: “Illegality” and the Role of Political Communication
 
Conclusion: The Politics of Belonging and the Future of US Immigration Policy
 
Notes
References
Index

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Politics of Belonging is ultimately a valuable text for the social sciences as it advances empirical examinations of the racial hierarchy. Masuoka and Junn provide an innovative quantitative approach to comparative race studies. One of the major strengths of their racial diamond model is its emphasis on malleability. They assert that ‘racial stereotypes are thus not obdurate constructs but specific to the time and context of political belonging’ and cite the changing positioning of Asian Americans as evidence of how dominant racist tropes for each group can change over time.”