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The Cultural Defense of NationsA Liberal Theory of Majority Rights$
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Liav Orgad

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668687.001.0001

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Demographic Anxiety

Demographic Anxiety

(p.51) 2 Demographic Anxiety
The Cultural Defense of Nations

Liav Orgad

Oxford University Press

New waves of immigrants have normally been accompanied by exaggerated feelings of threat to national identity and unity. Quite often, they have prompted an extreme and disproportionate response. By analyzing three cases—Hispanics in America, Muslims in Europe, and Palestinians in Israel—this chapter demonstrates a modern disproportionate reaction to immigration. The cases are radically different one from the other, but they nevertheless have a common denominator—“demographobia.” The purpose of this chapter is to present a typology of demographic concerns—civic, cultural, and ethnic; show how these concerns are frequently accompanied by exaggerated facts, false conclusions, and public hysteria; and demonstrate how they initiate anti—immigration laws. Generally, the chapter illustrates how liberal democracies want to have it both ways—enjoying the economic benefits of immigration, while not being willing to fully accommodate the cultural changes which it brings about.

Keywords:   immigration, demographic changes, demographic concerns, nativism, moral panic, national identity

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