Changing Patterns of Nationalism, Ethnocentrism, and Immigrant Accommodation in the US and Europe

Over the last few decades the United States and numerous European countries have been experiencing major transitions in the composition of their populations, as immigration and declining birth rates of native-born citizens have combined to dramatically alter their prevailing ethnic, racial, and religious profiles. Such changes are almost always a source of social and political tensions, but contemporary conditions of financial crises, high unemployment, diminished social safety nets, and heightened concerns over international terrorism, among other factors, suggest that increasing reactions of hostility and exclusion are likely. This initiative envisions a large-scale, collaborative and comparative research effort among social scientists at US and European universities to address several issues: how are discourses of nationalism being reframed within the US and Europe under these conditions? How and to what extent are nationalist and exclusionary attitudes toward immigrant groups inter-related? What are the most salient fault lines of perceived differences and conflict? What variations in national, regional, and local context are significant? And how are these conflicts expressed in political arenas?

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March 2012 Conference Papers

Nationalism in the 21st Century: a European and United States Comparison
Alberto Martinelli

“Our Ancestors’ Bones Will Rattle:” The Discursive Use of the Nation’s Past(s) in Contemporary Immigration Debates
Cynthia H. Malakasis

Circular Migration, or Labor Migration Without the Migrants? Managing the “Demographic Deficit” in a Neoliberal Europe
Peo Hansen

Discourses on Citizenship, Patriotism and Illegal Immigration among Tea Party Members in Central North Carolina
William H. Westermeyer

Immigration & It's Political Implications in Western Europe
Nicola Pasini