1The theory that concepts, mental capacities, and mental structures are innate rather than acquired by learning.
- But history leads me to agree with the author that nativism and racism are powerful populist impulses pretty much everywhere.
- He initiates the central skirmish of this book by tracing a dividing line between Chomsky's nativism and the so-called New Synthesis Psychology.
2chiefly US The policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants.
- Nineteenth-century common-school advocates combined a desire for creating a liberal democratic citizenry with xenophobia, anti-Catholicism, and nativism.
- Nonetheless, this era had the same conflicts (over cultural diversity and nativism, for example) as later periods, and established lasting policies toward immigrants and aliens.
- There will be a spasm of nativism and anti-immigrant feelings that we have not seen in a long time.
nativist noun& adjective
- Example sentences
- But such talk inflamed nativists, and they and their Catholic foes were juggled by the various political parties from mid-century onward.
- The immigrant-bashing nativists will battle the free marketeers.
- We see echoes of this perspective in the writings of Noam Chomsky and Jerry Fodor, self-identified nativists.
- Example sentences
- The white slave panic of 1909-10 provoked an even more irrational and nativistic wave of government intrusiveness.
- Their nativistic posture that the ‘indigenous peoples put themselves on the map’ would erase the essential role of the researcher through their politicized rhetoric.
- Such antipathy, especially toward strong forms of bilingual education, is rooted in nativistic and melting pot ideologies that tend to demonize the ‘other.’
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