Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada / Edition 1

Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada / Edition 1

by Irene Bloemraad
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520248996

ISBN-13: 9780520248991

Pub. Date: 10/03/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

How can societies that welcome immigrants from around the world create civic cohesion and political community out of ethnic and racial diversity? This thought-provoking book is the first to provide a comparative perspective on how the United States and Canada encourage foreigners to become citizens. Based on vivid in-depth interviews with Portuguese immigrants and

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How can societies that welcome immigrants from around the world create civic cohesion and political community out of ethnic and racial diversity? This thought-provoking book is the first to provide a comparative perspective on how the United States and Canada encourage foreigners to become citizens. Based on vivid in-depth interviews with Portuguese immigrants and Vietnamese refugees in Boston and Toronto and on statistical analysis and documentary data, Becoming a Citizen shows that greater state support for settlement and an official government policy of multiculturalism in Canada increase citizenship acquisition and political participation among the foreign born. The United States, long a successful example of immigrant integration, today has greater problems incorporating newcomers into the polity. While many previous accounts suggest that differences in naturalization and political involvement stem from differences in immigrants’ political skills and interests, Irene Bloemraad argues that foreigners' political incorporation is not just a question of the type of people countries receive, but also fundamentally of the reception given to them. She discusses the implications of her findings for other countries, including Australia and immigrant nations in Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248991
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
1,218,285
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations


Introduction: The Challenge of Immigrant Political
Incorporation
1. Diverging Trajectories of Political
Incorporation
2. The Social Nature of Citizenship and Participation
3. Structured Mobilization: The Role of Government
4. The Meaning of Citizenship
5. Community Organizations and Political Mobilization
6. Learning to Lead and Winning Political Office
Conclusion: Multicultural Citizenship

Notes
Appendix:
Interviewees
References

Index

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