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Social politics: The importance of the family for naturalization decisions of the 1.5 generation

Soehl, Thomas and Waldinger, Roger and Luthra, Renee Reichl (2018) 'Social politics: The importance of the family for naturalization decisions of the 1.5 generation.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ISSN 1369-183X

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How do migrants make the decision to naturalize? The majority of the literature focuses on the economic costs and benefit calculus of individual migrants, usually those who arrived as adults. Yet a large and growing population of foreign-born individuals arrived as children. Despite spending their formative years in the United States, many remain foreign nationals into adulthood. Based on results from a discrete-time event history model of naturalization of 1.5 generation respondents in California we argue that the cost-benefit tradeoffs underlying most accounts of naturalization decisions will apply in different ways to this population. We show that especially for this population the decision to naturalize cannot be conceptualized as an individual choice but is strongly embedded within the family and co-ethnic context which, in turn, introduces symbolic concerns and country of origin related factors into the decision.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Naturalisation, immigrant children, migrant families, political incorporation
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 15:45
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2020 01:00

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