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New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration

New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration

by Robin Dale Jacobson


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New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration

Investigating a key moment in grassroots political activism, The New Nativism questions racism as the motivating factor for political action both at the time and in the high-stakes, hotly contested immigration debates of today. Based on in-depth interviews with supporters of Proposition 187, Jacobson finds that rather than being motivated primarily by racism, proponents connected racial identity, ideas of fairness, and traditional American values in surprising, often contradictory, ways. Moving beyond inflammatory headlines and polarizing rhetoric, Jacobson reveals that it is not so much prejudice but the very act of defining race that lies at the center of modern American politics.

About the Author:
Robin Dale Jacobson is assistant professor of political science at Bucknell University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816650279
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction: The Legacy of Proposition 187     xiii
Bridging Race     1
Color-Blind Conservatism and Racial Realism: Two Sides of the Same Coin     23
Criminalizing Mexican Migration     47
Economic Citizenship: Dependency and the White American Work Ethic     66
Assimilation and Civilization: Language, Trash, and Power     89
Population and Hyperreproductivity     109
Conclusion     135
Research Methods     147
Notes     161
References     171
Index     179

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