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Political Participation among Boston's First and Second Generation Cape Verdeans

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Alexandra Alves

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Transcript of Political Participation among Boston's First and Second Generation Cape Verdeans

Agenda
Introduction
Literature Review
Method
Preliminary Findings
Conclusion Introduction Immigration Cape Verdeans Previous Literature "Economic necessity at home and economic opportunities abroad as well as family reunification have driven the dynamics of the diaspora" (Halter:2008). 60,000 Cape Verdeans have immigrated to the United States after 1975 Total number stands at several hundred thousand People vote when it benefits them and when there is little opportunity cost to voting (Rosenstone and Hansen:2002). The opportunity cost of political participation is higher for the poor Social networks provide people with information and a sense of efficacy (Putnam:2000; Rosenstone and Hansen:2002). Religious institutions build social networks, help establish and reinforce identity for immigrants, and promote skills that are important to political participation (McAlister:1998 ; Putnam:2000). Method
16 interviewees, 1st and 2nd generation, 18+ Members of St. Patrick's Church who attended "often" Preliminary Findings Preliminary Conclusion: First and second generation Cape Verdeans seem to vote as often as one another, but their reasons for participating or not participating differ based on dissimilar experiences and value systems Bibliography

Batalha, Luís and Carling, Jørgen. Transnational Archipelago: Perspectives on Cape Verdean Migration and Diaspora. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008.

Halter, Marilyn. Between Race and Identity: Cape Verdean American Immigrants, 1860 – 1965. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. Religion and Social Justice for Immigrants. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers UP, 2007.

Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.

Rosenstone, Steven J., and John Mark Hansen. Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in America. New York: Longman, 2002.

Verba, Sidney, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Henry E. Brady. Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1995.

Wittner, Judith G. 1998. Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration. Ed. R. Warner. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1998.

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