Immigrant Organizations

Posted: 4 Aug 2022

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Irene Bloemraad

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Sociology

Shannon Gleeson

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Ali R. Chaudhary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University

Date Written: July 1, 2022

Abstract

We call for incorporating organizations into migration scholarship, and for considering immigrants in organizational research. By centering immigrant organizations (IOs) as a unit of analysis, migration scholars can reconsider whether and how IOs affect well-being, integration, political voice, identities, globalization, and development. Migration scholars must learn from scholars of organizations, but organization scholars must in turn question assumptions of nativity and citizenship in their research. Doing so illuminates the unique challenges—and, at times, opportunities—faced by IOs, especially regarding inequities tied to legal status and stigmatization. We further argue that cross-national and transnational analyses of IOs help unpack organizational embeddedness—that is, the ways in which contexts at the local, national, binational, and geopolitical levels generate opportunities and constraints. Studying IOs raises critical questions of civic inequality and organizational stigma but also highlights IOs’ potential to give voice to and effect positive change for migrant communities.

Suggested Citation

Bloemraad, Irene and Gleeson, Shannon and Chaudhary, Ali R., Immigrant Organizations (July 1, 2022). Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 48, pp. 319-341, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4180152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-030420-015613

Irene Bloemraad (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Sociology ( email )

410 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Shannon Gleeson

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
United States

Ali R. Chaudhary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University ( email )

311 Armitage Hall
N. 5th Street, room 313
Camden, NJ 08102
United States

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