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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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Ethnocentrism Reconceived

Ethnocentrism Reconceived

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(p.31) Chapter 2 Ethnocentrism Reconceived
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Us Against Them
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226435725.003.0003

This chapter proposes a theoretical framework to explain the nature of ethnocentrism. It suggests that ethnocentrism is a predisposition to divide human society into in-groups and out-groups that plays an important part in matters of political consequence. The chapter also argues that ethnocentrism will be more or less important to public opinion on an issue depending on the ability of the issue to command the public's limited and fickle attention, and on how the particular issue is framed.

Keywords:   ethnocentrism, theoretical framework, human society, in-groups, out-groups, political consequence, public opinion

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