ERIC Number: EJ745407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Institutional Panethnicity: Boundary Formation in Asian-American Organizing
Okamoto, Dina G.
Social Forces, v85 n1 p1-25 Sep 2006
In the wake of the civil rights movement, new organizations formed which were based on the collective interests and identities of their constituencies. Some of these organizations brought together national origin groups who often differed by ethnicity, language, culture, religion and immigration history. In this paper, I focus on the conditions that facilitate the institutionalization of a socially constructed panethnic community. Using a new longitudinal data set of Asian American organizations, I draw upon a theory of panethnicity which emphasizes the structured relations between groups at different boundary levels to understand panethnic organizational foundings. When controlling for resource availability, political opportunities and organizational dynamics, the boundary formation variables remain important in explaining new organizational activity. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure and 8 notes.)
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Asian Americans, Organizations (Groups), Organizational Theories, Cultural Differences, Predictor Variables, Competition, Racial Segregation, Group Unity, Longitudinal Studies, Etiology, Research Methodology, Background, Institutional Research
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