|Volume 8 (2006/2007), ISSUE 13 (YEARLY)
SOCIAL CAPITAL AND THE INTEGRATION OF EARLY ARAB IMMIGRANTS IN CANADA
The purpose of this article is to examine the meaning of the concept “social capital” in relation to early Arab immigrants work experiences and integration into Canadian society. Part of the article will identify some dimensions and aspects of social capital that are relevant to understanding immigrant integration. The other part tackles some methodological considerations for researching the case of early Arab immigrants’ work experiences and integration in Canada. In this context, it makes the case of the relevance of qualitative research methods in historical studies of social capital. It argues that the concept “social capital” is both theoretically and methodologically significant in the study of immigrant integration.
Social Capital – Integration – Trust – Social Cohesion – Arab Immigrants – Qualitative methods
Omar Chaoura BOUROUH is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is currently conducting research on the differences of integration processes between early and new Arab immigrants in Canada.
This article is a revised version of a paper presented at the Second International Conference of The Social Capital Foundation, Buggiba, Republic of Malta, 20-23 September 2005.
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