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Us Against ThemEthnocentric Foundations of American Opinion$
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Donald R. Kinder and Cindy D. Kam

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226435701

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226435725.001.0001

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Introduction: Sumner's Conjecture

Introduction: Sumner's Conjecture

(p.1) Introduction: Sumner's Conjecture
Us Against Them
University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the role of ethnocentrism in contemporary American public opinion, and explains that although ethnocentrism is an ancient phenomenon, it is a modern word, invented at the opening of the twentieth century by William Graham Sumner. The book seeks to show how ethnocentrism affects public opinion, contributes to processes of public discussion and deliberation, and influences the direction of government action and public policy.

Keywords:   ethnocentrism, American public opinion, William Graham Sumner, public discussion, government action, public policy

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