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  •  I haven't heard of Professor Parker (0+ / 0-)

    but I presume  he is a neutral and unbiased researcher  for such a  controversial topic.   Anyone have any background info on him?

    •  Here's one of his recent paper (2+ / 0-)
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      Symbolic versus Blind Patriotism
      Distinction without Difference?

      Parker, Christopher S.

      University of Washington, Seattle
      Patriotism is an important predictor of political attitudes and preferences. Nevertheless, the complexity of patriotism remains unresolved, especially as it pertains to blind and symbolic patriotism. Symbolic patriotism represents a relatively abstract, affective attachment to the nation and its core values. Blind patriotism, in contrast, is more concrete, indexing uncritical support for national policies and practices. While the concepts appear analytically distinct, their political consequences are often similar, leading one to question whether the distinction is real. The results offer some support for maintaining conceptual differences between blind and symbolic patriotism.

      Keywords: patriotism; democratic norms; tolerance; attitude functions

    •  I don't know him either, (1+ / 0-)
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      but he's published widely in top academic outlets with 3% acceptance rates and double-blind reviewers of all ideological stripes.  So the odds that he's a partisan hack are pretty slim.

      I don't care about your farm or mafia! Oh wait -- wrong forum.

      by cardinal on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 04:39:38 PM PDT

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    •  I think his brother is Peter Parker (0+ / 0-)

      aka Spiderman.

      Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

      by Dbug on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 09:22:42 PM PDT

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