Dividing Lines by Daniel J. Tichenor
(Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives)

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Immigration is perhaps the most enduring and elemental leitmotif of America. This book is the most powerful study to date of the politics and policies it has inspired, from the founders' earliest efforts to shape American identity to today's revealing struggles over Third World immigration, noncitizen rights, and illegal aliens. Weaving a robust new theoretical approach into a sweeping history, Daniel Tichenor ties together previous studies' idiosyncratic explanations for particular, pivotal twists and turns of immigration policy. He tells the story of lively political battles between immigration defenders and doubters over time and of the transformative policy regimes they built.

Tichenor takes us from vibrant nineteenth-century politics that propelled expansive European admissions and Chinese exclusion to the draconian restrictions that had taken hold by the 1920s, including racist quotas that later hampered the rescue of Jews from the Holocaust. American global leadership and interest group politics in the decades after World War II, he argues, led to a surprising expansion of immigration opportunities. In the 1990s, a surge of restrictionist fervor spurred the political mobilization of recent immigrants. Richly documented, this pathbreaking work shows that a small number of interlocking temporal processes, not least changing institutional opportunities and constraints, underlie the turning tides of immigration sentiments and policy regimes. Complementing a dynamic narrative with a host of helpful tables and timelines, Dividing Lines is the definitive treatment of a phenomenon that has profoundly shaped the character of American nationhood.

 

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Daniel J. Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Professor of PoliDaniel J. Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Professor of PoliDaniel J. Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Political Science and director of the Politics and Policy Progratical Science and director of the Politics and Policy Progratical Science and director of the Politics and Policy Program at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the Univm at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the Univm at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon. He has published extensively on immigratioersity of Oregon. He has published extensively on immigratioersity of Oregon. He has published extensively on immigration politics and policy, the American presidency, civil libertn politics and policy, the American presidency, civil libertn politics and policy, the American presidency, civil liberties, interest groups, social movements, political parties, aies, interest groups, social movements, political parties, aies, interest groups, social movements, political parties, and U.S. political history. He is the author of "Dividing Linnd U.S. political history. He is the author of "Dividing Linnd U.S. political history. He is the author of "Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America", which wes: The Politics of Immigration Control in America", which wes: The Politics of Immigration Control in America", which won the American Political Science Association s Gladys M. Kaon the American Political Science Association s Gladys M. Kaon the American Political Science Association s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book in American national policy. mmerer Award for the best book in American national policy. mmerer Award for the best book in American national policy. Other works include "The Politics of International MigrationOther works include "The Politics of International MigrationOther works include "The Politics of International Migration "and "A History of the U.S. Political System, "a three-volu "and "A History of the U.S. Political System, "a three-volu "and "A History of the U.S. Political System, "a three-volume set examining the development of American political thougme set examining the development of American political thougme set examining the development of American political thought, institutions, behavior, and public policy. He has been aht, institutions, behavior, and public policy. He has been aht, institutions, behavior, and public policy. He has been a Faculty Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic P Faculty Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic P Faculty Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, Research Fellow in Governmeolitics at Princeton University, Research Fellow in Governmeolitics at Princeton University, Research Fellow in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution, Abba P. Schwartz ntal Studies at the Brookings Institution, Abba P. Schwartz ntal Studies at the Brookings Institution, Abba P. Schwartz Fellow in Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. KennFellow in Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. KennFellow in Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Research Scholar at the Eagleton Iedy Presidential Library, Research Scholar at the Eagleton Iedy Presidential Library, Research Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, a visiting scholar at Leipzig Universinstitute of Politics, a visiting scholar at Leipzig Universinstitute of Politics, a visiting scholar at Leipzig University, and a faculty associate at Princeton s Center for Migratty, and a faculty associate at Princeton s Center for Migratty, and a faculty associate at Princeton s Center for Migration and Development and the Center for Comparative Immigratiion and Development and the Center for Comparative Immigratiion and Development and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego. on Studies at the University of California, San Diego. on Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
 
Published February 9, 2009 by Princeton University Press. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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