Personal Networks and Participation: Relational Mechanisms for the Local and Transnational Civic Involvement of Immigrants

Mireia Bolíbar*

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Abstract

The objective of this article is to study the role of configurations of immigrants’ personal network on their civic participation. It puts forward a theoretical framework to explain immigrants’ civic participation and traces empirically the mechanisms by which transnational and local networks demotivate or encourage different types of participation. The analysis is based on a sequential mixed-methods research design that combines a personal networks survey among 150 Ecuadorian and Moroccan immigrants living in Catalonia, Spain, with 18 in-depth biographical interviews. The results suggest that transnational participation is grounded in local ethnic networks in the host country and that the definition of identity boundaries that takes place in personal networks plays an important role in defining origin-based and/or generic orientations of local participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-605
Number of pages23
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • civic involvement
  • frames
  • identities
  • Migrants’ participation
  • personal networks

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