Bifurcating American identity

A new paper by associate professor Amilcar Antonio Barreto analyzes statements from 2016 U.S. presidential candidates to understand how they situated Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexual (LGB) Americans within the nation’s parameters.

In Bifurcating American identity: partisanship, sexual orientation, and the 2016 presidential election, published in February in Politics, Groups, and Identities Journal, Barreto and Northeastern alumnus Nicholas G. Napolio argue that candidate pronouncements on non-heterosexuals’ place in the nation gravitated toward two distinct and bifurcated understandings of American authenticity and the conditions under which sexual minorities could be welcomed.

“This finding aligns with historical public opinion about LGB Americans and with analyses of increasing partisanship,” the authors wrote. “Contrary to the expectations in the nationalism literature, we see a growing trend toward the continued polarization of increasingly incompatible visions of U.S. national identity.”

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Published On: April 25, 2018 |
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