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Ralph J. Perk, the “New ethnicity”, and the making of urban ethnic republicans

Merton, Joe

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Historians seeking to explain the late twentieth century rightward shift of urban ethnic whites have tended to ignore the shifting meaning and content of white ethnic identity in this transition, and the utility of these changes to conservative political discourse. This article, focusing on the ethnic strategies of the Republican mayor of Cleveland, Ralph Perk, seeks to illustrate the importance of the “New Ethnicity” of the 1970s, and its reconceptualization of white ethnicity as a series of “values”, in the making of urban ethnic Republicans. In doing so it reorients our understanding of Perk – the “Ethnic Mayor” – and places ethnicity at the heart of the conservative insurgency reshaping urban and national politics during this period.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 31, 2019
Journal Journal of American Studies
Print ISSN 0021-8758
Electronic ISSN 1469-5154
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 449-477
APA6 Citation Merton, J. (2019). Ralph J. Perk, the “New ethnicity”, and the making of urban ethnic republicans. Journal of American Studies, 53(2), 449-477 . doi:10.1017/S0021875817001803
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875817001803
Keywords Ethnicity; Cleveland; Conservatism; Race; Ralph Perk
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-american-studies/article/ralph-j-perk-the-new-ethnicity-and-the-making-of-urban-ethnic-republicans/516A3FE9DCDD4EF10405B39335220D73
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information COPYRIGHT: © Cambridge University Press and British Association for American Studies 2017

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