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In-Group and Out-Group Networks, Informal Social Activities, and Electoral Participation Among Immigrants in South Korea

Title
In-Group and Out-Group Networks, Informal Social Activities, and Electoral Participation Among Immigrants in South Korea
Authors
Kim H.H.-S.
Ewha Authors
김현수
SCOPUS Author ID
김현수scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
Journal of International Migration and Integration
ISSN
1488-3473JCR Link
Citation
vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 1123 - 1148
Keywords
Ethnic social capitalImmigrant networksPolitical participationPrecarious assimilationSocial activities
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
With increasing global migration, immigrant incorporation and assimilation have become a growing concern. Prior research has mostly focused on economic adaptation of immigrants in North American and European context. This study shifts the focus to political incorporation of foreign-born spouses and other naturalized citizens living in South Korea, a topic that has received very little attention. Its primary goal is to examine the relationship between bridging and bonding social capital, measured in terms of interpersonal networks and informal social activities, and formal political participation, i.e., voting. Data come from the National Survey of Multicultural Families (2012), the largest and most up-to-date government-funded research project on Korea’s burgeoning immigrant population. Using multilevel analysis, this study shows that ties to inter-ethnic contacts (native Koreans) and greater involvement in informal social life are associated with higher odds of voting among immigrants. Greater embeddedness in in-group or co-ethnic networks, on the other hand, is associated with lower odds of voting participation. Moreover, net of individual-level network and background factors, living in a community with a higher level of social activities, is related to greater electoral participation. © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
DOI
10.1007/s12134-017-0517-1
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