America's Newcomers: Immigrant Incorporation and the Dynamics of Diversity / Edition 1

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Overview

The attacks of September 11, 2001, facilitated by easy entry and lax immigration controls, cast into bold relief the importance and contradictions of U.S. immigration policy. Will we have to restrict immigration for fear of future terrorist attacks? On a broader scale, can the country's sense of national identity be maintained in the face of the cultural diversity that today's immigrants bring? How will the resulting demographic, social, and economic changes affect U.S. residents? As the debate about immigration policy heats up, it has become more critical than ever to examine immigration's role in our society. With a comprehensive social scientific assessment of immigration over the past thirty years, America's Newcomers and the Dynamics of Diversity provides the clearest picture to date of how immigration has actually affected the United States, while refuting common misconceptions and predicting how it might affect us in the future.

Frank Bean and Gillian Stevens show how, on the whole, immigration has been beneficial for the United States. Although about one million immigrants arrive each year, the job market has expanded sufficiently to absorb them without driving down wages significantly or preventing the native-born population from finding jobs. Immigration has not led to welfare dependency among immigrants, nor does evidence indicate that welfare is a magnet for immigrants. With the exception of unauthorized Mexican and Central American immigrants, studies show that most other immigrant groups have attained sufficient earnings and job mobility to move into the economic mainstream. Many Asian and Latino immigrants have established ethnic networks while maintaining their native cultural practices in the pursuit of that goal. While this phenomenon has led many people to believe that today's immigrants are slow to enter mainstream society, Bean and Stevens show that intermarriage and English language proficiency among these groups are just as high—if not higher—as among prior waves of European immigrants. America's Newcomers and the Dynamics of Diversity concludes by showing that the increased racial and ethnic diversity caused by immigration may be helping to blur the racial divide in the United States, transforming the country from a biracial to multi-ethnic and multi-racial society. Replacing myth with fact, America's Newcomers and the Dynamics of Diversity contains a wealth of information and belongs on the bookshelves of policymakers, pundits, scholars, students, and anyone who is concerned about the changing face of the United States.

A Volume in the American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology

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Meet the Author

FRANK D. BEAN is professor of sociology and director, Center for Research on Immigration, Population, and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine.

GILLIAN STEVENS is associate professor of sociology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction: Immigration's Nuances and Complexities 1

CHAPTER 2 Migration Flows, Theories, and Contexts 16

CHAPTER 3 Mexico and Unauthorized Migration 42
CHAPTER 4 Immigrant Welfare Receipt:
Implications for Policy 66
With Jennifer Van Hook

CHAPTER 5 The New Immigrants and Theories of Incorporation 94
With Susan Wierzbicki

CHAPTER 6 Immigrant Economic Incorporation 114

CHAPTER 7 Linguistic Incorporation Among Immigrants 143

CHAPTER 8 The Incorporation of Immigrants:
Patterns of Marriage 172
CHAPTER 9 The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration 199

CHAPTER 10 Immigration and Race-Ethnicity in the
United States 224
With Jennifer Lee

CHAPTER 11 Conclusions: Diversity and Change in America 250

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