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The Role of Social Networks in Immigrant Women's Political Incorporation

Elisabeth Gidengil and Dietlind Stolle
The International Migration Review
Vol. 43, No. 4 (Winter 2009), pp. 727-763
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20681730
Page Count: 37
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Abstract

This article examines how immigrant women's social networks affect their propensity to vote and to participate in unconventional political activities, as well as their knowledge of politics and government services and programs. Our primary source of data is a telephone survey of women living in Canada's two largest metropolitan areas. Our findings show that contrary to the social capital literature, bonding ties do not exert strong negative effects on political incorporation, while bridging ties are not as helpful as hypothesized. What is important for immigrant women are the resources that are embedded in their social networks.

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