The preparation of the manuscript was facilitated by an ESRC 1 + 3 Studentship (PTA-030-2004-00746) and an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PTA-026-27-2121), both awarded to the first author.
Who We Are and Who Can Join Us: National Identity Content and Entry Criteria for New Immigrants
Article first published online: 8 DEC 2010
© 2010 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 66, Issue 4, pages 695–716, December 2010
How to Cite
Pehrson, S. and Green, E. G. T. (2010), Who We Are and Who Can Join Us: National Identity Content and Entry Criteria for New Immigrants. Journal of Social Issues, 66: 695–716. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2010.01671.x
- Issue published online: 8 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 8 DEC 2010
We argue that attitudes about immigration can be better understood by paying closer attention to the various ways in which national group boundaries are demarcated. We describe two related lines of work that address this. The first deals with national group definitions and, based on evidence from studies carried out in England and analyses of international survey data, argues that the relationship between national identification and prejudice toward immigrants is contingent on the extent to which ethnic or civic definitions of nationality are endorsed. The second, which uses European survey data, examines support for ascribed and acquired criteria that can be applied when determining who is permitted to migrate to one's country, and the various forms of national and individual threat that affect support for these criteria. We explain how the research benefits from a multilevel approach and also suggest how these findings relate to some current policy debates.