nativism nativism  /ˈneɪ tɪ ˌvɪ zəm/


  1. (n) the policy of perpetuating native cultures (in opposition to acculturation)
  2. (n) (philosophy) the philosophical theory that some ideas are innate

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  1. But his comments brought to light what many Democrats contend is really beneath the fight over immigration a hint of racism or nativism.
  2. But sheer know-nothing nativism, a traditional Republican tendency, has been bolstered by the new arrivals into the party.
  3. Populism too often devolves into snake oil: nativism, isolationism and protectionism none of which are viable positions in a global economy.


  • Letter: Fifth columnists undermine the republic

    I see in Alfred Aboulsaad's letter that he is offended by sensible, real, American-born socialization processes, home-grown patriotism and proud nativism which are far less tainted by foreign influences.
    on October 30, 2013     Source: The Glendale News-Press


  1. "Maharashtra politics has become an ominous combination of crony capitalism and nativism," wrote Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of the Centre for Policy Research, in the Indian Express daily.
    on Feb 9, 2010 By: Pratap Bhanu Mehta Source:

  2. Achmat said the legacy of Mbeki that would live with South Africans for a long time was his "race-based nativism. Any corrupt, lazy official in the private or public sector can get away with it by saying 'I'm coloured, I'm African, you are doing...
    on Mar 30, 2009 By: Zackie Achmat Source: News24

  3. In his 2006 book, "Politics Lost," Klein called Shrum an "industrial assembly-line consultant" whose candidates spouted "nativism, isolationism, protectionism, paranoia."
    on Jul 25, 2007 By: Joe Klein Source: New York Times

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