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

Merton, Joe (2017) Ralph J. Perk, the “New ethnicity”, and the making of urban ethnic republicans. Journal of American Studies . ISSN 1469-5154 (In Press)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Ethnicity; Cleveland; Conservatism; Race; Ralph Perk
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History
Depositing User: Merton, Joe
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 17:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46781

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