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White Backlash:
Immigration, Race, and American Politics
Marisa Abrajano & Zoltan L. Hajnal

Winners of the 2016 Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association
Selected for The New York Times Book Reviews “The Year in Reading” 2016
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2015

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White Backlash provides an authoritative assessment of how immigration is reshaping the politics of the nation. Using an array of data and analysis, Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal show that fears about immigration fundamentally influence white Americans' core political identities, policy preferences, and electoral choices, and that these concerns are at the heart of a large-scale defection of whites from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

Abrajano and Hajnal demonstrate that this political backlash has disquieting implications for the future of race relations in America. White Americans' concerns about Latinos and immigration have led to support for policies that are less generous and more punitive and that conflict with the preferences of much of the immigrant population. America's growing racial and ethnic diversity is leading to a greater racial divide in politics. As whites move to the right of the political spectrum, racial and ethnic minorities generally support the left. Racial divisions in partisanship and voting, as the authors indicate, now outweigh divisions by class, age, gender, and other demographic measures.

White Backlash raises critical questions and concerns about how political beliefs and future elections will change the fate of America's immigrants and minorities, and their relationship with the rest of the nation.

Marisa Abrajano is associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of Campaigning to the New American Electorate and the coauthor of New Faces, New Voices (Princeton). Zoltan L. Hajnal is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of America's Uneven Democracy and the coauthor of Why Americans Don't Join the Party (Princeton).


"Not only a solid piece of political scientific research, this book should play a central role in understanding of US party politics over the next several decades. . . . A must-read."--Choice

"White Backlash is compelling . . . a highly important and timely read."--Eric Kaufmann, Literary Review

"A remarkable contribution to the interdisciplinary field of critical migration studies. It's a book of interest to researchers and practitioners working in the field of political science, demography and migration as it provides insight into the political, demographical, and cultural dimensions of the USA today."--Dr. Olga R. Gulina, Journal of Global Analysis

"White Backlash builds a compelling argument."--George Hawley, Political Science Quarterly

"White Backlash represents a bold and challenging contribution to the study of immigration and its impact on contemporary politics and policymaking. It adds serious and sobering findings to the dialogue on race and ethnic politics, which we can only hope will be ameliorated in time."--Sara Wallace Goodman, Perspectives on Politics


"White Backlash is one of the best books I have read in the last half century. Based on rigorous analyses of multiple data sets and presented in remarkably clear prose, the book advances a compelling and original argument that will change the way we talk about immigration and electoral politics. I highly recommend this important work to anyone seeking an understanding of the current and growing racial divide in U.S. politics."--William Julius Wilson, author of More than Just Race

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Table of Contents:

Illustrations vii
Tables ix
Acknowledgments xi
PART I Theory 23
CHAPTER 1 A Theory of Immigration Backlash Politics 25
PART II Views on Immigration and Defection to the Republican Party 61
CHAPTER 2 Immigration, Latinos, and the Transformation of White Partisanship 63
CHAPTER 3 How Immigration Shapes the Vote 88
PART III Understanding the Roots of the Backlash 113
CHAPTER 4 The Geography of the Immigration Backlash 115
CHAPTER 5 Media Coverage of Immigration and White Macropartisanship 154
PART IV The Consequences 181
CHAPTER 6 The Policy Backlash 183
CONCLUSION Implications for A Deeply Divided United States 201
References 217
Index 233

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