Advanced

Starkare i samhället - Om invandrarföreningar som en social resurs för politisk integration

Törrö, Jukka (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This paper examines the consequences of membership and participation in immigrant associations on individual immigrants? political integration and indirect political participation with reference to Swedish society. The theoretical underpinnings consist of a social structural outlook on social capital, combined with the Civic Voluntarism Model, both of which focus on the potential role of social networks for moving people into political action. After a presentation of parallel qualitative data over the experiences of individual members in a Finnish and Bosnian-Hercegovinian organisation, it is suggested that immigrant associations support the political integration of their members into the host society. Firstly, the case studies indicate... (More)
This paper examines the consequences of membership and participation in immigrant associations on individual immigrants? political integration and indirect political participation with reference to Swedish society. The theoretical underpinnings consist of a social structural outlook on social capital, combined with the Civic Voluntarism Model, both of which focus on the potential role of social networks for moving people into political action. After a presentation of parallel qualitative data over the experiences of individual members in a Finnish and Bosnian-Hercegovinian organisation, it is suggested that immigrant associations support the political integration of their members into the host society. Firstly, the case studies indicate that members of immigrant associations gain the opportunity to augment their civic skills, which is a significant prerequisite for political participation. Secondly, membership seems to boost political engagement, in terms of interest in the politics of the host country, sense of political efficacy and political group consciousness, all of which potentially spark political participation. And thirdly, being a member in such organisations appears to increase the likelihood of being targeted by political recruitment. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Törrö, Jukka
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Immigrant Associations, Integration, Social Capital, Political Participation, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1328681
date added to LUP
2006-11-24
date last changed
2006-11-24
@misc{1328681,
  abstract     = {This paper examines the consequences of membership and participation in immigrant associations on individual immigrants? political integration and indirect political participation with reference to Swedish society. The theoretical underpinnings consist of a social structural outlook on social capital, combined with the Civic Voluntarism Model, both of which focus on the potential role of social networks for moving people into political action. After a presentation of parallel qualitative data over the experiences of individual members in a Finnish and Bosnian-Hercegovinian organisation, it is suggested that immigrant associations support the political integration of their members into the host society. Firstly, the case studies indicate that members of immigrant associations gain the opportunity to augment their civic skills, which is a significant prerequisite for political participation. Secondly, membership seems to boost political engagement, in terms of interest in the politics of the host country, sense of political efficacy and political group consciousness, all of which potentially spark political participation. And thirdly, being a member in such organisations appears to increase the likelihood of being targeted by political recruitment.},
  author       = {Törrö, Jukka},
  keyword      = {Immigrant Associations,Integration,Social Capital,Political Participation,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Starkare i samhället - Om invandrarföreningar som en social resurs för politisk integration},
  year         = {2006},
}