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    White identity and ethno-traditional nationalism in Trump’s America

    Kaufmann, Eric (2019) White identity and ethno-traditional nationalism in Trump’s America. The Forum 17 (3), pp. 385-402. ISSN 1540-8884.

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    As the white share of America continues to decline, white identity is becoming more important for politics. I show that white identity is considerably stronger among whites who are attached to their ancestry, i.e. Irish, ‘American’ or Italian. Accordingly, we should see it as more reflective of cultural attachment than a desire for politico-economic advantage. In addition, a separate dynamic I term ethno-traditional American nationalism, is important. This is not white nationalism, but a form of American national identity in which ethnocultural elements form an important part but do not, like the American accent, form a condition of equal national membership. Ethno-traditional nationalism is about the ‘what is American’ question of symbolic attachment, rather than the ‘who is American’ question of which groups belong and are excluded, that has received the lion’s share of academic attention.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Eric Kaufmann
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 12:55
    Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 23:26


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