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Social Networks, Gender, and Immigrant Incorporation: Resources and Constraints
Jacqueline Maria Hagan
American Sociological Review
Vol. 63, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 55-67
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2657477
Page Count: 13
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Most research on social networks and immigrant incorporation focuses on the short-term and positive functions of networks, neglecting changes in networks over time. I present a dynamic and variable portrayal of networks to demonstrate how they gradually assume different forms and functions for women and for men that differentially affect settlement outcomes, particularly opportunities to become legal. The gendered social relations of neighborhood, work, and voluntary associations interact to produce this outcome. The conclusions suggest that social networks can both strengthen and weaken over time, can change differentially for different segments of the immigrant community, and therefore can have disparate effects on incorporation.
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