Constructing Borders/Crossing Boundaries: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

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The essays in this volume tackle the construction and significance of race and ethnicity as boundary-making processes among diverse immigrant populations in the United States. Race and ethnicity can both unite and divide. The individual scholars contributing to this volume model, deploy, and explain notions of 'borders' and 'boundaries' in various ways, but collectively they emphasize the fluidity of racial and ethnic identities that are shaped, negotiated, and contested in specific contexts and situations. Constructing Borders/Crossing Boundaries also captures the range of spaces in which ethnicity and race become salient—the university, the immigrant enclave, the detention center, the work place, the nightclub, and even the trans-Atlantic passage. This interdisciplinary work features essays on a diverse range of immigrant populations from past to present and will interest scholars from across disciplines.

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Editorial Reviews

PsycCRITIQUES, April 2008 - Jesus Aros
This book offers an interesting presentation of ethnicity as resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739115701
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 7/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Brettell is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University.

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Table of Contents

Part 2 Race and Ethnicity: Categories, Labels, and the Construction of Identity Chapter 3 Violence, Migration and Becoming Igbo in Gustavus Vassa's Interesting Narrative Chapter 4 Undue Process: Racial Genealogies of Immigrant Detention Part 5 Race, Ethnicity, and Intergroup Relations Chapter 6 The Immigrant Experiences of Dominican and Mexican Women in the 1990s: Crossing Class, Racial and Gender Boundaries or Temporary Work Spaces in New York City Chapter 7 Ethnic Borders in American Muslim Communities Chapter 8 Black Ethnicity and Racial Community: African Americans and West Indian Immigrants in the United States Chapter 9 Appalachian Mestizaje: Race and Latino Immigration in Western North Carolina Part 10 Ethnicity as a Resource Chapter 11 Job-Hopping: Social Networks in the Global High-Tech Industry Chapter 12 Beyond the Ethnic Enclave: The Effect of Ethnic Solidarity and Market Opportunity on White, Korean, Mexican and Black Enterprise Chapter 13 Separately Together: Co-Ethnic Employment among Second Generation Immigrants in the Metropolitan New York Labor Market Chapter 14 Immigrant Selectivity, Ethnic Capital, and the Reproduction of Educational Inequalities across Borders

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