The social construction of Mexican and Cuban immigrants by politicians

Lisa Magana, Robert Short

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Schneider and Ingram (1993) propose that the amount and quality of service that target groups receive from their government is related to two factors: political power (strong or weak); and the target groups'image in the public eye (positive or negative), also known as "social constructions." This research examines political candidates' social constructions of Mexican and Cuban immigrants in major newspapers. Using newspaper articles from Lexis/Nexus (an electronic newspaper database), we content analyzed 495 major US newspapers over a six-year period. Our results indicate that Latin American immigration, particularly Mexican immigration, is championed as a political platform in ways consistent with Schneider and Ingram's model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-94
Number of pages17
JournalReview of Policy Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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