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Open Access Las asociaciones de inmigrantes como sociedad civil: un análisis tridimensional

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Este artículo examina las organizaciones de inmigrantes con una perspectiva triple: desde el punto de vista de sus relaciones con las autoridades públicas, de las relaciones establecidas entre las propias asociaciones y de su grado de participación interna; con el objetivo de analizar hasta qué punto puede hablarse de sociedad civil en ese ámbito. El estudio aquí presentado toma como objeto de análisis las organizaciones de inmigrantes en España, centrándose en aquellas que gozan de un mayor reconocimiento público a través del Foro para la Integración Social de los Inmigrantes, órgano consultivo del Gobierno. Sobre la base de entrevistas en profundidad a líderes y trabajadores de estas organizaciones, se utilizan las contribuciones de la literatura sobre movimientos sociales, movilización étnica y capital social para explicar la situación actual. Sin dejar de relacionar las dinámicas de las organizaciones de inmigrantes con las del resto de organizaciones sociales en España, el artículo argumenta que las relaciones establecidas con los poderes públicos no se ven equilibradas por una red interorganizativa densa ni por una participación activa de sus miembros, y ello en detrimento de una auténtica sociedad civil en este ámbito. Esto tiene implicaciones negativas para la capacidad de las organizaciones para actuar como generadoras de capital social e integración de los inmigrantes, lo cual pone en cuestión el papel del Estado en su apoyo a las organizaciones de inmigrantes.

This article examines immigrant organizations from three perspectives: their relationships with public authorities, the system of relationships established among these organizations, and their degree of internal participation. My principal aim is to analyze the extent to which one can speak of a civil society in this domain. The study presented takes the case of immigrant organizations in Spain, focusing on those organizations that benefit from greater public recognition through the Forum for the Social Integration of Immigrants, a consultative body of the Government. In-depth interviews with chairpersons and workers in these organizations are combined with contributions from the literature on social movements, on ethnic mobilization and on social capital, to explain the Spanish situation. Connecting the dynamics of immigrant organizations with those of other social organizations in Spain, it is argued that the relationships established with public authorities are neither balanced out by a dense interorganizational network, nor harmonized by the active participation of their members. These factors work to the detriment of a true civil society in this domain, having negative implications for the organizations' capacity to act as creators of social capital, and for the integration of immigrants. This brings into question the role of the State in supporting immigrant organizations.

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Keywords: Asociaciones; Associations; Capital Social; Civil Society; Immigration; Inmigración; Integración Social; Movimientos Sociales; Social Capital; Social Integration; Social Movements; Sociedad Civil

Language: English

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas (REIS) is a quarterly publication of the Center for Sociological Research (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas - CIS), and constitutes one of the main editorial activities of CIS. REIS was first published in 1978, with the main goal of disseminating the results of sociological research aiming at a better understanding of the Spanish society. Its historic course and the high level of quality demanded on its contributions has situated REIS in an outstanding position as a reference journal in the area of the Social Sciences. The journal covers a wide range of topics in the field of Sociology and Political Science in general.

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