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Title: Political and cultural ethnic mobilisation: the role of immigrant associations in Norway
Authors: Nyhagen Predelli, Line
Keywords: Ethnic minorities
Immigrant organisations
Ethnic mobilisation
Political opportunity structure
Political participation
Political influence
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: NYHAGEN PREDELLI, L., 2008. Political and cultural ethnic mobilisation: the role of immigrant associations in Norway. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 34 (6), pp. 935-954
Abstract: This article analyses the extent to which immigrant associations in Norway engage in collective cultural and political mobilisation and play a role in the political system. Immigrant associations are generally perceived as being concerned with the development of a common cultural heritage and belonging (cultural mobilisation). Immigrant associations can also be allocated a political role, as participation in them is thought to increase both electoral and other forms of political participation. This article's concern is with the degree to which immigrant associations themselves engage in the political process, rather than with the effects of associational life on individual political participation. The political opportunity structure model is used to understand the collective participation of immigrant associations in political processes. The assumption that involvement in immigrant associations may open up opportunities for collective political participation underlies both current public policy thinking in Norway and some of the relevant research literature. What do immigrant associations themselves report about their political engagement? The article is based on the results of a postal survey of all immigrant associations in Norway. It analyses the distribution of different types of immigrant association, their goals and activities, their contact with other organisations, government institutions, political parties and the media, and their own perceptions of political participation and influence.
Description: This article is closed access, it was published in the serial, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies [© Taylor and Francis]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13691830802211257
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/13691830802211257
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9004
Publisher Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13691830802211257
ISSN: 1369-183X
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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