ERIC Number: EJ1003617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
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Social Citizenship, Integration and Collective Action: Immigrant Civic Engagement in the United States
Ebert, Kim; Okamoto, Dina G.
Social Forces, v91 n4 p1267-1292 Jun 2013
Collective action has been examined in studies of worker insurgency, homeless protest, the Civil Rights movement and white backlash against racial minorities. Relatively few studies, however, focus on noncontentious forms of immigrant collective action. Utilizing a new data set comprising over 1,000 immigrant "civic" events, we examine whether the civic and political environment within metropolitan areas affect civic engagement. Our results indicate that political opportunities and resources did not have uniform effects, but that institutional threats to immigrants deterred civic activity. Furthermore, we find that local restrictive efforts instigated solidarity events, while outreach efforts directed at immigrants facilitated community improvement projects. These findings suggest that conditions intensifying group boundaries between immigrants and natives "and" encouraging collective efficacy are important predictors of immigrant civic engagement.
Descriptors: Immigrants, Civil Rights, Political Attitudes, Metropolitan Areas, Citizen Participation, Social Action, Outreach Programs, Predictor Variables
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