Making sense of public opinion : American discourses about immigration and social programs / Claudia Strauss.

"Americans express contradictory views on immigration and social welfare programs. Claudia Strauss proposes that these views are formed not from standard ideologies or broad values, but from conventional ways of speaking about topics. The wording of a survey question or political message may cu...

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Main Author: Strauss, Claudia, 1953- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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500 |a "Including 'Mexican American discourses and the theory of divergence' by Hannah Pick." 
504 |a Includes bibliographical references and index. 
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505 0 |a Part I. Overview: 1. Conventional discourses, public opinion, and political culture; 2. Analysis of conventional discourses: backgrounds and methods; 3. Conventional discourses and personal lives -- Part II. Immgration: 4. Public opinion about immigration; 5. 'Too many immigrants' and discourses about economic costs and benefits; 6. Discourses about legality, illegality, and national security; 7. Discourses about immigration and American culture; 8. Discourses about immigration causes and contexts -- Part III. Social Welfare Programs: 9. Public opinion about social welfare programs; 10. Discourses about limitations of government programs; 11. Discourses about personal responsibility and benefits for the deserving; 12. Discourses about caring for self, family, community, and nation; 13. Discourses about social causes of economic insecurity -- Part IV. Conclusion: 14. Questions and implications. 
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