Immigrant America: A Portrait / Edition 3

Immigrant America: A Portrait / Edition 3

by Alejandro Portes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520250419

ISBN-13: 2900520250412

Pub. Date: 10/03/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

"This book presents the experience of immigration as an economic, geographic, cultural, and psychological totality. The authors are superb researchers and clear writers; the result is that the reader senses this totality in all its complexity and its pain. Because of its intellectual breadth, Immigrant America is a portrait of American life itself, its pressures and…  See more details below

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"This book presents the experience of immigration as an economic, geographic, cultural, and psychological totality. The authors are superb researchers and clear writers; the result is that the reader senses this totality in all its complexity and its pain. Because of its intellectual breadth, Immigrant America is a portrait of American life itself, its pressures and difficulties, its mosaic of repressions, as well as its possibilities, as seen through the eyes of those struggling for a place in the society."-Richard Sennett, New York University

"Immigration is clearly in the news again, reflecting renewed interest and controversy over one of the oldest themes in our nation's history. In Immigrant America, Portes and Rumbaut tell us not only how America has become a mosaic of peoples and nationalities, but what the prospects for the future are as well. They have pulled together, in a readable fashion, a vast wealth of information and knowledge on the phenomena of immigration to the United States that is understandable to the layperson and provocative to the scholar."-Jerry M. Tinker, Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Affairs

"A superb book. It is that rarest of combinations: a work of impeccable scholarship that is also accessible to the general reader."-Gary E. Rubin, The American Jewish Committee

"Immigrant America: A Portrait is a fascinating and compelling window to our 'permanently changing' and amazingly diverse mosaic of peoples and cultures. The drama of newcomers' personal journeys from distant homelands combined with in-depth demographic research and history presents an invaluable resource for all students of America's unique immigrant tradition.Professors Portes and Rumbaut have compiled a masterful and provocative document, challenging our ideals of justice and compassion."-Al Santoli, author of New Americans: Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S. Today

"Immigrant America provides a fascinating and comprehensive up-to-date guide for understanding recent immigration to the U.S. and persuasive evidence that through immigration the nation has done well by doing good."-Lawrence H. Fuchs, Former Executive Director of the U.S. Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy

"Chock-full of invaluable data for understanding immigration and immigrants."-Julian L. Simon, The University of Maryland

Author Biography: Alejandro Portes is John Dewey Professor of Sociology and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University and coauthor of Latin Journey: Cuban and Mexican Immigrants in the United States (University of California Press, 1985) and Labor, Class and the International System (1981). Rubén G. Rumbaut is Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University and author of The Agony of Exile (1990), The Structure of Refuge (1989), and other studies of the adaptation of refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520250412
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Edition description:
Third Edition, Revised, Expanded, and Updated
Pages:
496

Table of Contents

1Nine stories1
2Who they are and why they come12
3Moving : patterns of immigrant settlement and spatial mobility37
4Making it in America : occupational and economic adaptation67
5From immigrants to ethnics : identity, citizenship, and political participation117
6A foreign world : immigration, mental health, and acculturation168
7Learning the ropes : language and education205
8Growing up American : the new second generation244
9Religion : the enduring presence299
10Conclusion : immigration and public policy343

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