Title
The impact of political opportunities on interorganizational networks : a comparison of migrants' organizational fields The impact of political opportunities on interorganizational networks : a comparison of migrants' organizational fields
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
San Diego, Calif. ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Mobilization. - San Diego, Calif., 1996, currens
Volume/pages
19(2014) :4 , p. 369-386
ISSN
1086-671X
ISI
000347634400002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article analyzes patterns of collective action in the field of immigration by looking at relational dynamics in two different local political settings. Drawing on a relational approach to the study of collective action, the general assumption is that the specific political opportunity structure (POS) in the field of immigration shapes the logics of interaction of migrants' associations. To test this hypothesis, we compare migrants' organizational networks in two cities characterized by two different opportunity structures-Lyon and Zurich. We thus apply network analysis to examine the density, the structural patterns, and the distribution of ties amongst organizations in the two cities. Results suggest that specific opportunities in the two contexts, by providing differential institutional access to migrant associations and publicly recognizing different collective identities, partly shape the relational patterns in the field and thus the modes of coordination of collective action adopted by migrants' organizations.
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