Political participation and dual identification among migrants

Scuzzarello, Sarah (2015) Political participation and dual identification among migrants. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41 (8). pp. 1214-1234. ISSN 1369-183X

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This article contributes to understanding how collective identification as well as institutional factors affects migrants’ democratic engagement. In particular, it analyses variations in patterns of voting behaviour at local elections among migrants living in two municipalities: Malmö (Sweden) and Ealing (London, UK). Empirically, the article compares the responses of Somalis and Poles (N: 68) with regard to (i) their democratic participation in the society of residence and (ii) their perceived identification with their in-group and with Sweden and the UK, respectively. Using narrative analysis to understand the impact of collective identification and of the political context on migrants’ voting behaviour, the article will show that favourable institutional and discursive structures of opportunities can formally enable migrants to democratically engage with the society they live in. However, political opportunity structures are not enough to mobilise migrant groups. A dual identification with the recipient society and their in-group promotes a sense of entitlement to political rights and positively affects participation in local elections.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: narrative, social identity, political opportunity structures, intragroup relations, intergroup relations, Somalis,Poles
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT1501 Races Including race as a social group and race relations in general
Depositing User: Sarah Scuzzarello
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 08:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 15:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66659

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