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

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Overview


"Becoming a Citizen is a terrific book. Important, innovative, well argued, theoretically significant, and empirically grounded. It will be the definitive work in the field for years to come."—Frank D. Bean, Co-Director, Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy

"This book is in three ways innovative. First, it avoids the domestic navel-gazing of U.S .immigration studies, through an obvious yet ingenious comparison with Canada. Second, it shows that official multiculturalism and common citizenship may very well go together, revealing Canada, and not the United States, as leader in successful immigrant integration. Thirdly, the book provides a compelling picture of how the state matters in making immigrants citizens. An outstanding contribution to the migration and citizenship literature!"—Christian Joppke, American University of Paris

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Editorial Reviews

Sociological Forum

“Deftly executed work of sociological detection on an important and timely subject.”
American Journal Of Sociology / AJS - Gianpaolo Baiocchi

“This excellent book should become an important reference for debates on immigration and multiculturalism. Its claims are subtle and well argued, its empirical evidence is carefully evaluated, and its multiple comparisons are well deployed in a multilayered way.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520248991
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author


Irene Bloemraad is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the challenge of immigrant political incorporation 1
1 Diverging trajectories of political incorporation 17
2 The social nature of citizenship and participation 65
3 Structured mobilization : the role of government 102
4 The meaning of citizenship 138
5 Community organizations and political mobilization 161
6 Learning to lead and winning political office 189
Conclusion : multicultural citizenship 233
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