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White BacklashImmigration, Race, and American Politics$
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Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan L. Hajnal

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164434

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164434.001.0001

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A Theory of Immigration Backlash Politics

A Theory of Immigration Backlash Politics

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(p.25) Chapter 1 A Theory of Immigration Backlash Politics
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White Backlash
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Marisa Abrajano

Zoltan L. Hajnal

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164434.003.0002

This chapter introduces a theory that explains how immigration could lead to a broad white backlash that transforms the basic political leaning of much of white America. As anxiety about immigration has grown, white partisanship and politics have become increasingly affected by this issue, with more and more white Americans espousing a less generous, more indignant politics that seeks to punish immigrants who violate U.S. norms, and strives to cut off services and other public goods that could benefit them. The chapter describes a theory of immigration politics and examines how immigration could be reshaping the politics of white America. It argues that far from the country moving away from the use of race/ethnicity as a dividing line, immigration is actually leading to greater divisions and tensions—at least in the political sphere.

Keywords:   immigration, white backlash, white partisanship, white Americans, immigrants, immigration politics, race, ethnicity

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