Politicized Places: Explaining Where and When Immigrants Provoke Local Opposition

  title={Politicized Places: Explaining Where and When Immigrants Provoke Local Opposition},
  author={Daniel J. Hopkins},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={40 - 60}
  • D. Hopkins
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
In ethnic and racial terms, America is growing rapidly more diverse. Yet attempts to extend racial threat hypotheses to today's immigrants have generated inconsistent results. This article develops the politicized places hypothesis, an alternative that focuses on how national and local conditions interact to construe immigrants as threatening. Hostile political reactions to neighboring immigrants are most likely when communities undergo sudden influxes of immigrants and when salient national… Expand
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