"Geo-ethnicity" and neighborhood engagement: A communication infrastructure perspective

Yong Chan Kim, Joo Young Jung, Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach

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This article introduces the concept of "geo-ethnicity"-ethnically articulated attitudes and behaviors grounded in a specific temporal and spatial situation. Based upon survey data gathered in seven "geo-ethnic" communities, we demonstrate a unique effect of geo-ethnicity on individuals' neighborhood engagement. We analyze two types of cross-sectional comparisons: a comparison of different ethnic groups in the same Los Angeles area and comparisons of the same ethnic group across different locations in Los Angeles County. To highlight the unique effect of geo-ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration history, residential tenure, and home ownership are held constant for all analyses. The implications of the results are discussed from a communication infrastructure perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-441
Number of pages21
JournalPolitical Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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