Pathways of Immigrant Political Socialization

Examining the Role of News Media, Social Connections, and Community Interaction

Wenlin Liu, John W. Gastil

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Abstract

Going beyond the traditional socioeconomic status model of political participation, this study examines pathways that lead to the sociopolitical incorporation of immigrants in the USA, with a focus on the role of communication socialization agents. Using a Current Population Survey sample of 7,626 first-generation immigrants in the USA, results show that communication socialization agents significantly contribute to immigrants' political socialization, and an important mediating path translates political learning into greater political engagement. Results also identify ethnic differences in how socialization variables affect immigrants' socialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-263
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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