The Political Socialization Of Adolescent Children Of Immigrants

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In “The Political Socialization of Adolescent Children of Immigrants,” Melissa Humphries and Chandra Muller of the University of Texas and Kathryn S. Schiller of the State University of New York perform an intriguing study of the political socialization of the children of immigrants. Their studies clearly showed that it is impractical to assume that the process of becoming politically active is the same among all racial groups particularly among children of immigrants. The educational level of the parents, the quality of the child’s schooling, and community involvement are all shown to have varying effects among whites, blacks, Asians and Latinos. However, these racial groups are overly generalized and do not correctly represent the diversity of cultures found in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, and there is a small bias against independents in the measurement of political activity based on partisanship.
Although the article recognizes the fact that race plays a large role in determining the political participation of immigrants, the categorization of the various ethnic groups is overly generalized (BLAH date, 1268). This is especially concerning when speaking of first-generation immigrants. One glaring error is the general use of the term “Latino” to describe all immigrants from 20 Latin American countries with distinct political and cultural heritages. For example, Cuban-Americans, the most politically active group of Latinos, have a voting turnout rate of 67.2 percent…

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