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Description - Boundaries of Obligation in American Politics by Cara J. Wong

This book shows how ordinary Americans imagine their communities and the extent to which their communities' boundaries determine who they believe should benefit from the government's resources via redistributive policies. By contributing extensive empirical analyses to a largely theoretical discussion, it highlights the subjective nature of communities while confronting the elusive task of pinning down 'pictures in people's heads'. A deeper understanding of people's definitions of their communities and how they affect feelings of duties and obligations provides a new lens through which to look at diverse societies and the potential for both civic solidarity and humanitarian aid. This book analyzes three different types of communities and more than eight national surveys. Wong finds that the decision to help only those within certain borders and ignore the needs of those outside rests, to a certain extent, on whether and how people translate their sense of community into obligations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521871327
ISBN-10: 0521871328
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 158mm x 22mm)
Pages: 286
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Cara J. Wong

Cara Wong is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a PhD in political science from University of California, Berkeley, and has taught previously at the University of Michigan and Harvard University, Massachusetts. Her research interests include American government and politics, political psychology, and race, ethnicity, and politics. She has published numerous articles on racial and ethnic politics, voting behavior, citizenship, social capital, and multiculturalism in edited volumes and in the following journals: the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and the Du Bois Review.