The Obligation Mosaic: Race and Social Norms in US Political Participation

The Obligation Mosaic: Race and Social Norms in US Political Participation

by Allison P. Anoll
The Obligation Mosaic: Race and Social Norms in US Political Participation

The Obligation Mosaic: Race and Social Norms in US Political Participation

by Allison P. Anoll

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Overview

Many argue that “civic duty” explains why Americans engage in politics, but what does civic duty mean, and does it mean the same thing across communities? Why are people from marginalized social groups often more likely than their more privileged counterparts to participate in high-cost political activities? 
 
In The Obligation Mosaic, Allison P. Anoll shows that the obligations that bring people into the political world—or encourage them to stay away—vary systematically by race in the United States, with broad consequences for representation. Drawing on a rich mix of interviews, surveys, and experiments with Asian, Black, Latino, and White Americans, the book uncovers two common norms that centrally define concepts of obligation: honoring ancestors and helping those in need. Whether these norms lead different groups to politics depends on distinct racial histories and continued patterns of segregation. 
 
Anoll’s findings not only help to explain patterns of participation but also provide a window into opportunities for change, suggesting how activists and parties might better mobilize marginalized citizens. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226812571
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 01/21/2022
Series: Chicago Studies in American Politics
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Allison Anoll is assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

Table of Contents

1 The Value and Meaning of Political Participation 1

2 The Racialized Norms Model 23

3 Which Norms? 40

4 Finding Purpose in the Past 63

5 Taking Care of Those in Need 97

6 Norms and National Turnout 121

7 Norms and High-Cost Participation 147

8 The Present and Future of Participatory Social Norms 169

Acknowledgments 183

Appendix A Participatory Social Norms Survey Instrumentation 187

Appendix B Supplemental Material for Qualitative Interviews 199

Appendix C Supplemental Empirical Analyses 203

Notes 215

References 227

Index 253

An online data appendix can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/MWACHB.

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