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 show the impracticality of assuming that children of immigrants go through the same political socialization process as third generation whites. Further, they demonstrate that the process of becoming politically active varies among racial groups by measuring the effects of the educational level of the parents, the quality of the child’s schooling, and participation in extracurricular activities. In doing so, the authors inadvertently use overly generalized racial terms to describe diverse ethnicities and show a bias against independent voters (Humphries, Muller, and Schiller 2013, 1268). First, the authors err by grouping all immigrants from 20 Latin American countries into the general term "Latino" despite the distinct cultural and political values among those immigrants. For example, Cuban-Americans, the most politically active group of Latinos, have a voting turnout rate of 67.2 percent compared to those of Mexican origin, the least politically active group of Latinos, who have a turnout rate of 42.2 percent (Gonzalez-Barrera and Lopez 2013). Cuban-Americans are thus more politically active than the United States population as a whole while Mexican-Americans are far less
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