Articles by Pete Mohanty

Two New Publications from Pete Mohanty:

“Thick and Thin Public Sentiments and the Politics of Immigration in Europe” will appear in the December 2012 issue of Comparative Sociology.

Abstract: “Thick moralities” are those that reflect the values or way of life of a community, while “thin” moralities are those that reflect more basic claims to decency that can be recognized across even the most diverse moral communities. I use the 2008 European Values Study to examine attitudes towards immigration and the politics of left and right in the European Union and in the Schengen Area. I show that thick preferences increase opposition to immigration in Europe, and that thin preferences increase openness to immigration. I also demonstrate that thick values lead to support for the right and that thin values lead to support for the left in the majority of the countries studied.

“Gendered Jobs: Integrating Immigrants vs. Controlling Immigration in the European Union” (with Terri Givens, Melanie Hughes, and Suzanna Crage) has been accepted for publication in Politics & Gender.

Abstract: Despite ideological commitment to gender equality in European Union (EU) Member States, women in political leadership in the EU continue to be segregated into “women-friendly” political domains. We investigate the persistent gendering of cabinet positions, focusing on immigration policy. In recent years, governments throughout the EU have dramatically altered immigration policies, and have restructured government accordingly. Amidst change, we suggest that immigration ministry leadership will still maintain a traditionally gendered division of political labor. Immigrant integration, similar to other forms of care work, may be more likely led by women, whereas the increasingly securitized portfolio of immigration control is likely to be led by men. We confirm these expectations for 2010 using descriptive statistics and logistic regression. This gendered pattern of political leadership sends powerful messages that women may not be fit to lead in all domains, suggesting implementation of EU commitments to gender equality lags behind the rhetoric.