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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(5), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7050073

National Identity and Migration in an Emerging Gateway Community

Department of Political Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, USA
Received: 15 March 2018 / Revised: 15 April 2018 / Accepted: 15 April 2018 / Published: 26 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration)
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This paper examines how conceptions of national and local identity influence reactions to migration in the Shenandoah Valley, a rural location in Southwest Virginia with unique demographic characteristics. While Shenandoah Valley residents have been predominantly non-Hispanic whites of European descent, a recent visible influx of Hispanic laborers, a higher than national average Muslim population, a history of refugee resettlement and the migration of urbanites from Northern Virginia have made the Valley one of the most diverse locations in the state of Virginia today. Using a qualitative methods approach with both apriori and emergent coding, I offer some insights as to how a traditional ethnic and civic framework of national identity and emergent themes of local identity, including family values and traditionalism, influence reactions to the changing demographics in this rural community. View Full-Text
Keywords: national identity; immigration; gateway communities; Shenandoah Valley national identity; immigration; gateway communities; Shenandoah Valley
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