ERIC Number: ED192419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Communication and Socioeconomic Status on the Political Participation of Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans, and Cubans in Chicago.
Subervi-Velez, Federico A.
An examination was undertaken of the relationship between some socioeconomic variables, particularly communication exposure variables, and the political participation of Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans, and Cubans living in Chicago, Illinois. Data for the investigation were taken from an earlier survey of the communication patterns and organizational activities of that city's Hispanic-American residents. Interview data gathered from 388 respondents were analyzed to determine two types of political behavior (voting and nonvoting activities) and media exposure. Socioeconomic background data were also analyzed (sex, age, years of residence in the United States, level of education, and income). The analysis revealed that political participation of Hispanic Americans, both voting and nonvoting activities, was not equal across ethnic groups. Results with respect to one background variable, years of residency in the U. S., indicated that with the passing of time, the Hispanics in general might become more involved in political activities. In addition, the findings suggested that the effects of mass media exposure are important for understanding and predicting how each ethnic group may or may not participate in United States politics. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).