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nativism

People who oppose immigration because they feel their culture will be lost or blended in with a new one can be said to believe in nativism.

There have been times in history that nativism allowed a culture to survive, particularly Native American Indian tribes. When the dominant group practices nativism, however, the result looks a lot like a hatred or fear of people who look different, speak a different language, and hold different beliefs than the majority of people.

Definitions of nativism
  1. noun
    a policy of favoring native-born inhabitants of a country rather than immigrants
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    type of:
    policy
    a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
  2. noun
    the policy of perpetuating native cultures (in opposition to acculturation)
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    type of:
    social policy
    a policy of for dealing with social issues
  3. noun
    (philosophy) the philosophical theory that some ideas are innate
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    type of:
    philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
    a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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