Democracy’s promise; immigrants & American civic institutions

Democracy’s promise; immigrants & American civic institutions

Democracy’s promise; immigrants & American civic institutions.

Wong, Janelle S.

U. of Michigan Press

2006

289 pages

$24.95

Paperback

The politics of race and ethnicity

JV6477

Wong (political science, American studies and ethnicity, U. of Southern California) finds inclusion an integral part of the ongoing American experiment with democracy. She examines the demographic and political trends that have come from the most recent waves of immigrants who have turned to citizenship as part of their personal experiment with American-style democracy, and analyzes the ways in which immigrant citizens have become part of their local as well as national community when they were expected to be the least likely to develop activist behaviors. Concentrating on Chinese and Mexican immigrant citizens through extensive interviews in New York City and Los Angeles, and finding that voting is often the only way in which minorities can exercise legitimate political power, she uses her findings to describe how civic institutions can and should understand the political needs of immigrants.

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