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Race, Religion and Political Incorporation of Contemporary Immigrants in the U.S.

A talk by Prema Ann Kurien, Sociology, Syracuse University. Haines Hall 279

Friday, April 05, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This presentation focuses on the political mobilization of Indian Americans and contributes to understanding the political incorporation of U.S. immigrants in two ways. First, it examines how first- and second-generation immigrants mobilize advocacy organizations around ethnic, pan-ethnic, religious, and party-oriented identities. My research shows how these diverse forms of mobilization can develop within one immigrant group, and how they interact with each other while advocating for their respective goals. Second, it reveals how race and religion interact in complex ways to shape the political integration of immigrants. My study demonstrates that differing understandings of race, as well as majority/minority religious status, played an important role in producing much of the variation in the patterns of civic and political activism of various Indian American groups. 

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