Additional Authors

Sherraden, Margaret S.; Pritzker, Suzanne

Publication Date

7-1-2004

Summary

Through in-depth interviews with 84 low-income, low-wealth families, we find civic engagement across a range of behaviors, e.g., volunteering through religious organizations, neighboring, involvement in children’s activities, and contributing. Data are suggestive of a modified life cycle theory of engagement as well as a “stakeholding” theory, highlighting assets as resources and incentives for action. Time constraint is noted as a primary mediator. Possible implications for measurement, future research, and social interventions and policies are discussed.

Document Type

Working Paper

Category

Civic Engagement and Service

Subarea

Community and National Service

Original Citation

McBride, A. M., Sherraden, M. S., & Pritzker, S. (2004). Civic engagement among low-income and low-wealth families: In their words (CSD Working Paper No. 04-14). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7936/K72Z1539

Project

Civic Engagement and Service

Keywords

community development, low income

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