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ETHNICITY, ELECTORAL DISTRICTS, AND CANDIDATE NARRATIVES: THE 2001 NEW YORK CITY ELECTIONS

Andreas Y. Savas Kourvetaris
International Review of Modern Sociology
Vol. 37, No. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 127-145
Published by: International Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41421403
Page Count: 19
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ETHNICITY, ELECTORAL DISTRICTS, AND CANDIDATE NARRATIVES: THE 2001 NEW YORK CITY ELECTIONS
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Abstract

The narratives candidates tell about political participation vary according to electoral district composition. How and why they vary is explored through linkages of four narrative types with seven district types: (1) the Stability story type links with the White district type; (2) the Quasi-Diversity story type links with the Mixed Ethnic and White district type; (3) the Diversity story type links with the Ethnically-Heterogeneous, Mixed Ethnic and Black, Hispanic, and Mixed Ethnic and Hispanic district types; and (4) the Political Non-Participation story type links with the Hispanic, Black, Mixed Ethnic and Hispanic, Ethnically-Heterogeneous, and Mixed Ethnic and Black district types. These linkages suggest varying discursive paths for democratic change in urban politics and communities, namely plutocratic, oligarchic, representative democratic, and redisþributive.

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