Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America / Edition 1

Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America / Edition 1

by Ruben G. Rumbaut
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520230124

ISBN-13: 9780520230125

Pub. Date: 09/10/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

The new immigration to the United States is unprecedented in its diversity of color, class, and cultural origins. Over the past few decades, the racial and ethnic composition and stratification of the American population—as well as the social meanings of race, ethnicity, and American identity—have fundamentally changed. Ethnicities, a companion

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The new immigration to the United States is unprecedented in its diversity of color, class, and cultural origins. Over the past few decades, the racial and ethnic composition and stratification of the American population—as well as the social meanings of race, ethnicity, and American identity—have fundamentally changed. Ethnicities, a companion volume to Rubén G. Rumbaut's and Alejandro Portes's Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation, brings together some of the country's leading scholars of immigration and ethnicity to examine the lives and trajectories of the children of today's immigrants. The emerging ethnic groups of the United States in the 21st century are being formed in this process, with potentially profound societal impacts. Whether this new ethnic mosaic reinvigorates the nation or spells a quantum leap in its social problems depends on the social and economic incorporation of this still young population.

The contributors to this volume probe systematically and in depth the adaptation patterns and trajectories of concrete ethnic groups. They provide a close look at this rising second generation by focusing on youth of diverse national origins—Mexican, Cuban, Nicaraguan, Filipino, Vietnamese, Haitian, Jamaican and other West
Indian—coming of age in immigrant families on both coasts of the United States. Their analyses draw on the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study, the largest research project of its kind to date. Ethnicities demonstrates that, while some of the ethnic groups being created by the new immigration are in a clear upward path, moving into society's mainstream in record time, others are headed toward a path of blocked aspirations and downward mobility. The book concludes with an essay summarizing the main findings, discussing their implications, and identifying specific lessons for theory and policy.

A Copublication with the Russell Sage Foundation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520230125
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/10/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
1,175,429
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
1Introduction - Ethnogenesis: Coming of Age in Immigrant America1
2The Demographic Diversity of Immigrants and Their Children21
3Mexican Americans: A Second Generation at Risk57
4Growing Up in Cuban Miami: Immigration, the Enclave, and New Generations91
5Nicaraguans: Voices Lost, Voices Found127
6The Paradox of Assimilation: Children of Filipino Immigrants in San Diego157
7Straddling Different Worlds: The Acculturation of Vietnamese Refugee Children187
8Shifting Identities and Intergenerational Conflict: Growing Up Haitian in Miami229
9Fade to Black? The Children of West Indian Immigrants in Southern Florida267
10Conclusion - The Forging of a New America: Lessons for Theory and Policy301
Contributors319
Index325

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