Through in-depth interviews with 84 low-income, low-wealth families, we find civic engagement across a range of behaviors, e.g., volunteering through religious organizations, neighboring, involvement in children’s activities, and contributing. Data are suggestive of a modified life cycle theory of engagement as well as a “stakeholding” theory, highlighting assets as resources and incentives for action. Time constraint is noted as a primary mediator. Possible implications for measurement, future research, and social interventions and policies are discussed.
Project: Civic Engagement and Service
McBride, A. M., Sherraden, M. S., & Pritzker, S. (2004). Civic engagement among low-income and low-wealth families: In their words (CSD Working Paper No. 04-14). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.