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The impact of social networking sites on immigrants' socialization and political engagement: the role of acculturation

Kizgin, Hatice, Jamal, Ahmad, Rana, Nripendra P., Dwivedi, Yogesh K. and Weerakkody, Vishanth 2019. The impact of social networking sites on immigrants' socialization and political engagement: the role of acculturation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 145 , pp. 503-512. 10.1016/j.techfore.2018.09.010
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Abstract

This research examines the extent to which immigrant consumers’ use of social networking sites affect their socialization and political engagement in the Netherlands. The study uses self-administered questionnaires to collect data from 514 Turkish-Dutch respondents of various ages, occupations, levels of education and locations in the Netherlands. The study finds that the propensity to share information, the intensity of use, and privacy concerns positively impact socialization on online social networking sites. In addition, a significant positive relationship between socialization and political involvement positively impacts voting intentions. The study also examines the interaction effects of enculturation and acculturation orientations on the relationship between socialization and political involvement. The study’s findings point to a positive moderating role of acculturation in this relationship but a negative one for enculturation. The study is the first to investigate simultaneously the drivers of socialization on social networking sites in the context of immigrant consumers and the impact of their socialization on political involvement and voting intention. The research further contributes to the scholarly work by exploring the interaction effects of acculturation and enculturation orientation. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0040-1625
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 9 September 2018
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 08:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/114790

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