Close to Home: Place-Based Mobilization in Racialized Contexts

Sally A. Nuamah, Thomas Kenneth Ogorzalek

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How do racially concentrated policy changes translate to political action? Using official election returns, the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, and original data on the unprecedented mass closure of schools in segregated, predominantly Black neighborhoods across Chicago, we demonstrate that those living in the communities affected (1) increase their attendance at political meetings; (2) mobilize in support of ballot measures to avert future closings; and (3) increase their participation in the subsequent local election, while decreasing their support for the political official responsible for the policy on the ballot-at a higher rate than every other group. These findings shed light on how groups that previously participated at the lowest rates go on to participate at the highest rates on community issues that matter to them. We develop a theory of place-based mobilization to explain the role of the community in acting as a site of coidentification and political action for marginalized groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-774
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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