Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation

Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation


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For immigrants, politics can play a significant role in determining whether and how they assimilate. In Bringing Outsiders In, leading social scientists present individual cases and work toward a comparative synthesis of how immigrants affect—and are affected by—civic life on both sides of the Atlantic.

Just as in the United States, large immigrant minority communities have been emerging across Europe. While these communities usually make up less than one-tenth of national populations, they typically have a large presence in urban areas, sometimes approaching a majority. That immigrants can have an even greater political salience than their population might suggest has been demonstrated in recent years in places as diverse as Sweden and France. Attending to how local and national states encourage or discourage political participation, the authors assess the relative involvement of immigrants in a wide range of settings. Jennifer Hochschild and John Mollenkopf provide a context for the particular cases and comparisons and draw a set of analytic and empirical conclusions regarding incorporation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801475146
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 05/22/2009
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Hochschild is Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her books include Facing Up to the American Dream, The New American Dilemma, and The American Dream and the Public Schools.

John Mollenkopf is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is coeditor of Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration and Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation, both from Cornell, and author or editor of many other books.

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Demetrios G. Papademetriou

"This immensely rich volume uses a wealth of historical and contemporary case studies to illuminate how the processes of immigrant political integration in Europe and North America resemble and differ from each other at the local, national, and international levels. Bringing Outsiders In is a must-read for scholars who are looking to deepen their understanding on how citizenship law, right-wing politics, public attitudes, and immigration policies affect the level and types of political engagement among immigrants in our liberal democracies."

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