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Group ties amid industrial change

Zucker, Noah ORCID: 0000-0001-5535-3661 (2022) Group ties amid industrial change. World Politics, 74 (4). pp. 610-650. ISSN 0043-8871

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0043887122000168

Abstract

Coethnics often work in the same industries. How does this ethnic clustering affect individuals' political loyalties amid industrial growth and decline? Focusing on migrant groups, the author contends that ethnic groups' distribution across industries alters the political allegiances of their members. When a group is concentrated in a growing industry, economic optimism and resources flow between coethnics, bolstering migrants' confidence in their economic security and dissuading investments in local political incorporation. When a group is concentrated in a declining industry, these gains dissipate, leading migrants to integrate into out-groups with greater access to political rents. Analyses of immigrants near US coal mines in the early twentieth century support this theory. The article shows how ethnic groups' distribution across industries shapes the evolution of group cleavages and illuminates how decarbonizing transitions away from fossil fuels may reshape identity conflicts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 Trustees of Princeton University
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2024 10:48
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 21:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/122428

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