Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology


This study advances the literature by identifying the factors that constrain the resource provision activities of social service agencies for immigrants. We consider whether and how coercive, mimetic and normative constraints shape organizational practices in this field. Drawing on twenty-five in-depth interviews with social service providers in Utah, we find that despite providers' commitment to serving immigrants, organizations remain significantly constrained due primarily to external coercive constraints including restrictive state laws and increasing competition over limited funding. We conclude by exploring the implications of our findings for policy and practice.

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Sociology Commons



Faculty Mentor

Christy Glass

Departmental Honors Advisor

Christy Glass