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Voluntary Group Prevalence Among U.S. States: Factors Affecting the Distribution of Intercultural Understanding Groups (Sister City Programs)

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U.S. Sister City Programs (SCPs) are transnational, cooperative, volunteer ventures between cities in the U.S. and another country. They aim at fostering better inter-cultural understanding. This paper finds that the distribution of such SCPs per thousand population among the 50 U.S. states can be explained (R2 = 49) by the volume of exports of manufacturing and by the number of registered motor vehicles-both per 1000 population. The results confirm a voluntary group prevalence, involving the factors of communication-transportation network development, goal and interest differentiation and collective action orientation (including resources).

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02167-3807, U.S.A.; 2: Department of Sociology, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut 06050, U.S.A.


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