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Dina Okamoto and Kimberly Ebert Awarded Grant from Russell Sage Foundation

Dina Okamoto and Kimberly Ebert were awarded a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation in the amount of $165,835 to support their research project, "The Civic and Political Incorporation of Immigrants in Non-Traditional Destinations."

Collective action – publicly enacted, group-based efforts in pursuit of a common goal – has been examined by scholars studying worker insurgency, homeless protest, the Civil Rights movement, and white backlash against immigrants and racial minorities. Few studies, however, have investigated the patterns of collective action among new immigrant groups, even though collective action represents an important group-based indicator of social and political incorporation. Furthermore, despite recent shifts in immigration to the U.S. South and Midwest, research on immigrant adaptation in these geographic areas is underdeveloped. In addition, studies of immigrant adaptation typically use individual-level measures such as education, earnings, and voting behavior to understand the extent to which immigrants are becoming part of the American mainstream instead of collective measures which capture the capacity and integration of immigrants as a group.* *We attempt to fill these gaps in the literature by focusing on collective action in non-traditional destinations to understand the civic and political incorporation of new immigrants.

This project has two main goals: (1) to document the patterns and types of immigrant collective action in non-traditional and traditional destinations, and (2) to investigate how variation in contextual factors across metropolitan areas and their change over time influence the occurrence and rate of protest and civic events where immigrants are the main organizers and participants. The study is based on statistical analyses of an original data set documenting immigrant collective action constructed from English- and Spanish-language newspapers, and it will identify potential mechanisms underlying the relationship between context and immigrant adaptation. This research will make key contributions to the literatures on immigration, intergroup relations, and collective action by providing new insights on the civic and political integration of immigrants in traditional and non-traditional destinations and the forms of resistance or support that they receive from local residents and institutions. Finally, this study will move beyond individual measures of immigrant adaptation and toward an understanding of adaptation as a group or collective process.

See additional description on Russell Sage Foundation website: http://www.russellsage.org/programs/main/immigration/the_civic_and_political_incorporation_of_immigrants_in_non_traditional_destinations