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Why Not Vote? Political participation among low-income Philadelphians

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dc.contributor.advisor Johnson, Nina Rubinstein, Gabrielle 2020-10-16T20:49:18Z 2020-10-16T20:49:18Z 2020
dc.description.abstract Low-income and working class Americans vote at significantly lower rates than their wealthier counterparts. While many believe this phenomenon is largely because of a lack of resources needed to vote (money, time, “civic skills”), some research shows that reducing the logistical barriers to voting do not in fact reduce the inequity in participation. I seek to get a more complete and nuanced understanding of low voting rates among this group though a qualitative interview project, speaking with low-income and working class Pennsylvanians who do and do not vote. Overall, the greatest barriers to participation appear to be low political engagement during upbringing, feelings of alienation, and feelings of disillusionment. I draw upon research on political socialization, political engagement within social networks, and cultural capital to seek an understanding of non-voting as an individual decision shaped by the social world. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.title Why Not Vote? Political participation among low-income Philadelphians en_US
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