Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants

Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants

by Caroline Brettell, Deborah Reed-Danahay
     
 

ISBN-10: 080477529X

ISBN-13: 9780804775298

Pub. Date: 10/05/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press

For refugees and immigrants in the United States, expressions of citizenship and belonging emerge not only during the naturalization process but also during more informal, everyday activities in the community. Based on research in the Dallas–Arlington–Fort Worth area of Texas, this book examines the sociocultural spaces in which Vietnamese and Indian

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For refugees and immigrants in the United States, expressions of citizenship and belonging emerge not only during the naturalization process but also during more informal, everyday activities in the community. Based on research in the Dallas–Arlington–Fort Worth area of Texas, this book examines the sociocultural spaces in which Vietnamese and Indian immigrants are engaging with the wider civic sphere.

As Civic Engagements reveals, religious and ethnic organizations provide arenas in which immigrants develop their own ways of being and becoming "American." Skills honed at a meeting, festival, or banquet have resounding implications for the future political potential of these immigrant populations, both locally and nationally. Employing Lave and Wenger's concept of "communities of practice" as a framework, this book emphasizes the variety of processes by which new citizens acquire the civic and leadership skills that help them to move from peripheral positions to more central roles in American society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804775298
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
10/05/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements....................vii
Introduction....................1
1 Arrival, Settlement, and the Construction of Cultural Landscapes....................19
2 Immigrant Identities and the Meanings of Citizenship....................49
3 Temples, Mosques, and Churches....................78
4 Ethnic Associations....................114
5 Festivals and Banquets....................146
6 Pathways to Wider Participation....................167
Conclusion....................194
Notes....................211
Bibliography....................233
Index....................261

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