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Us Against Them: Ethnocentric Foundations of American Opinion

Donald R. Kinder and Cindy D. Kam

Abstract

Ethnocentrism—our tendency to partition the human world into in-groups and out-groups—pervades societies around the world. Surprisingly, though, few scholars have explored its role in political life. This book fills the gap with an explanation of how ethnocentrism shapes American public opinion. Arguing that humans are broadly predisposed to ethnocentrism, the book explores its impact on our attitudes toward an array of issues, including the war on terror, humanitarian assistance, immigration, the sanctity of marriage, and the reform of social programs. The authors ground their study in previo ... More

Keywords: ethnocentrism, public opinion, war on terror, humanitarian assistance, immigration, marriage, social programs, United States, cosmopolitanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226435701
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226435725.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald R. Kinder, author

Cindy D. Kam, author