It’s a Family Affair

Irene Bloemraad and Christine Trost

in Rallying for Immigrant Rights

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948914 | DOI:
It’s a Family Affair

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From March 10 to May 1, 2006, between 3.5 and 5 million people across the United States participated in immigrant rights rallies. Many of the faces in the crowd were those of children and adolescents. This chapter discusses youth engagement and family political socialization during the spring 2006 immigrant rights protests. It builds on an emerging empirical and theoretical literature that shows how children influence parents’ political attitudes and activities, particularly in immigrant families. Drawing on early findings from the Immigrant Families’ Political Socialization Project, which conducted in-depth multigenerational interviews of Mexican-origin families in Richmond and Oakland, California, this chapter shows that the protests of spring 2006 mobilized large segments of the Mexican-origin population, both adults and youth. Thus, the protests were a family affair. Youth played an active and independent role in these mass mobilizations. This chapter focuses on intergenerational mobilization: the processes by which people acquired information, were spurred to participate, and joined in the protests because of family interactions.

Keywords: United States; intergenerational mobilization; protests; mass mobilizations; immigrant rights; children; adolescents; youth; political socialization; Immigrant Families’ Political Socialization Project

Chapter.  8588 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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