PREVIOUS ARTICLE ALL CONTENTS Next ARTICLE

States of Belonging: Immigration Policies, Attitudes, and Inclusion, Deborah J. Schildkraut, Tomas R. Jimenez, Yuen J. Huo and John F. Dovidio

Reviewed by Anthony R. Dimaggio
 

In States of Belonging, Jimenez, Schildkraut, Huo, and Dovidio have produced an important work of social science. The authors examine “how immigration policies” impact “whether and how individuals who live in different unwelcoming and welcoming contexts feel that they belong where they live” (9). In a review of state immigration policies, they show that Arizona is an example of an unwelcoming state, while New Mexico pursues more welcoming policies in relation to “U.S.-born” and “foreign born Latinos” (38). The book utilizes a mix of research methods including interviews, analysis of polling data, and experiments to discuss how policies, and the discourses surrounding them, impact sense of belonging. They look at survey metrics, including whether individuals “feel that I belong in my state,” believe “Latinos [are] discriminated against in my state,” and assessments about how important people feel it is to hail from their state (54–57).

The authors conclude that “the unwelcoming climate in Arizona is associated with lower levels of belonging” for “U.S.-born Latinos,” compared with New Mexico (52–53). “Arizona Latinos” are significantly more likely to recognize that there is discrimination against them compared with those in New Mexico (

To continue reading, see options above.

More by This Author

About PSQ's Editor

ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

CONFERENCES & EVENTS

A Purple Agenda For The Next Four Years
June 20, 2024
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR

MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT VIEW ALL EVENTS

Editor’s spotlight

Virtual Issue

Introduction: Black Power and the Civil Rights Agendas of Charles V. Hamilton
Marylena Mantas and Robert Y. Shapiro

MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC

Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

New APS Book

China in a World of Great Power Competition   CHINA IN A WORLD OF GREAT POWER COMPETITION

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS