* Direct correspondence to Dr. Maria Chávez, Pacific Lutheran University, Political Science, 1010 122nd St. S., Tacoma, WA 98447 〈email@example.com〉. Chávez, Wampler, and Burkhart agree to share all data and coding information with those wishing to replicate the study. This research was made possible through a grant from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The authors thank Dr. Galen Louis at the DHW for providing them this opportunity, and Tricia Trofast at Boise State University for administrative assistance. They are also grateful for the assistance of the research team: Gabriela Calderon, Francisco Pedraza, and Leo Morales, and extend their thanks to the anonymous reviewers who made invaluable comments and suggestions, and to Dr. Nicholas Lovrich for reading an earlier draft of this article. An earlier version of this article was presented at the Annual Western Political Science Association Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 2003. Finally, the authors especially thank the migrant and seasonal farmworkers who participated in their survey and focus groups. They hope this research will aid in improving the quality of life of this population.
Left Out: Trust and Social Capital Among Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers*
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2006
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 87, Issue 5, pages 1012–1029, December 2006
How to Cite
Chávez, M. L., Wampler, B. and Burkhart, R. E. (2006), Left Out: Trust and Social Capital Among Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers. Social Science Quarterly, 87: 1012–1029. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2006.00413.x
- Issue published online: 16 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2006
Objectives. We analyze the levels of trust and social capital among an understudied group: migrant seasonal farmworkers (MSFW). MSFWs of today are likely to become the “Hispanics” of tomorrow, which means that understanding what affects the development of social capital of this group is critical to understanding how these individuals are incorporated—or not—into the U.S. polity.
Methods. We utilize logistic regression analysis and ordered logit analysis to analyze a data set of 555 MSFWs and comments from four focus groups in Idaho.
Results. We find that MSFWs have lower levels of generalized trust than do Hispanics nationally. We also find that MSFWs have low levels of trust toward whites and Mexican Americans.
Conclusions. We argue that an ethnic community's subgroups must be incorporated into our analysis of social capital, especially when these individuals are likely to become U.S. permanent residents or citizens.