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December 8 RIPS: The politicization of cultural diversity at the local level: alliances between political parties and immigrant organizations

Join us on Monday December 8, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in KTH-732 as Juan Carlos Triviño (PhD candidate at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) presents his research on alliances between parties and immigrant organizations in two cities in Catalonia, Spain.

Dec 08, 2014

DAY: Monday December 8, 2014

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: KTH-732

The literature on the political participation of immigrants at the national and sub-national levels focused on how institutions shape their collective organization and mobilization. However, these studies have not sufficiently explored the role of specific alliances in facilitating or constraining their inclusion into the policy-making of local immigrant integration. This becomes more apparent when political elites politicize certain aspects related to the cultural diversity of immigrants through reactive discourses and politics at the local level. Cities, towns and neighborhoods are the forefront arena of interaction between immigrants, native population and institutions. Drawing from the political opportunity approaches, the paper asks: how do alliances between political parties and immigrant organizations emerge when cultural diversity is politicized? It analyzes the anti-Romanian-Roma campaign in the city of Badalona and the burka ban in public buildings in the city of Lleida, both in Catalonia, Spain. The paper argues that alliances between political parties and immigrant organizations serve to legitimize the position of the former when the politicization of cultural diversity at the local level occur.