Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Urban Sociology

Nihad El-Kayed

Dissertation Project


Political Participation of Immigrants – The Neighborhood

Research Interests:
  • Neighborhood Research

  • Citizenship and Migration, Local Citizenship

  • Political and Social Inequality

  • Social Networks and Social Capital


The project asks if and how different neighborhoods affect political participation of first and second generation Turkish immigrants in Berlin. To explore this question a standardized survey was conducted, followed by qualitative in-depth interviews. The thesis shows that specific neighborhoods – where civic resources such as voluntary and other organizations concentrate – play a crucial role in the political activation of first and second generation immigrants.