Institutions, information exchange, and migrant social networks in Rome

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While a considerable body of work examines immigrant networks, inadequate attention has been devoted to understanding how networks regulate the relationship between immigrants and host institutions. A rich immigrant process may reinforce current power structures by providing a convenient buffer between the elite and challengers. Conversely, immigration may challenge the status quo. I employ social network analysis to examine three understudied immigrant groups in Rome, Bangladeshis, Filipinos, and Peruvians. I find that they have developed systems of problem-solving and sense-making that often interrupt their interactions with host institutions. The state tolerates this because it situates immigrants’ concerns outside its sphere of responsibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2722-2737
JournalEthnic and racial studies
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


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