ERIC Number: EJ727136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Buscando Trabajo: Social Networking among Immigrants from Mexico to the United States
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v27 n1 p3-22 2005
The growth of the Latino population in the United States has placed a sharp focus on immigration. Previous research on immigration has taken for granted the existence of immigrant networks. This is a significant oversight given their importance in both conveying social capital and their contribution to the growth of immigrant communities. Using data collected in the summer of 2002, the author looks at the development of an immigrant network in a rural town in northeastern Oklahoma. It is determined that the immigrant network in the community under study includes three distinct yet interconnected subnetworks, a traditional subnetwork, a church subnetwork, and a contract subnetwork. Although each of these secondary networks is made up of different social arrangements, they all provide similar services in a similar manner. The services provided within the greater immigrant network have increased the size, strength, and density of the local immigrant community.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigration, Immigrants, Hispanic Americans, Social Networks, Rural Areas, Cultural Influences, Church Role, Mexican Americans
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Oklahoma; United States