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Opportunity and Threat: Political Opportunity Structures and the Place of Immigrant Politics

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Drawing on comparative ethnographic data collected during three years of participant observation, I compare social movement organizing among Mexican immigrant communities in two cities in one California county: one more progressive and the other more repressive. Classic studies in social movements typically associate increased political opportunity—or the signals in the broader environment that encourage or discourage collective mobilization—with collective mobilization. Building on the concept of political opportunity structure, I refine this key variable in the study of social movements by arguing that 1) threating political conditions do not necessarily dampen collective mobilization. Instead, threat dynamics condition the tactical form of immigrant mobilization. 2) I argue that the electoral organizing activities I observed were designed to intentionally influence the structure of political opportunity itself, suggesting a dynamic, bidirectional flow of influence between political opportunity and mobilization that has gone underappreciated in the extant literature. Comparative studies of political opportunity, specifically, and immigrant politics, generally, are particularly important in an historical moment in which cities and states are reemerging as increasingly important terrains upon which battles over immigrant rights unfold.

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Prieto, Samuel. "Opportunity and Threat: Political Opportunity Structures and the Place of Immigrant Politics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707738_index.html>

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Prieto, S. G. , 2014-03-27 "Opportunity and Threat: Political Opportunity Structures and the Place of Immigrant Politics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707738_index.html

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Abstract: Drawing on comparative ethnographic data collected during three years of participant observation, I compare social movement organizing among Mexican immigrant communities in two cities in one California county: one more progressive and the other more repressive. Classic studies in social movements typically associate increased political opportunity—or the signals in the broader environment that encourage or discourage collective mobilization—with collective mobilization. Building on the concept of political opportunity structure, I refine this key variable in the study of social movements by arguing that 1) threating political conditions do not necessarily dampen collective mobilization. Instead, threat dynamics condition the tactical form of immigrant mobilization. 2) I argue that the electoral organizing activities I observed were designed to intentionally influence the structure of political opportunity itself, suggesting a dynamic, bidirectional flow of influence between political opportunity and mobilization that has gone underappreciated in the extant literature. Comparative studies of political opportunity, specifically, and immigrant politics, generally, are particularly important in an historical moment in which cities and states are reemerging as increasingly important terrains upon which battles over immigrant rights unfold.


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