Exceptional Outcomes:: Achievement in Education and Employment Among Children of Immigrants

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How do children of immigrants achieve success despite daunting obstacles? Poverty, language barriers, parents’ long work hours, and limited resources work against immigrant children’s efforts to do well in school. Yet some of these students manage to beat the odds, graduate from universities, acquire advanced degrees, and achieve careers in the professional sector.

Exceptional Outcomes is a pioneering contribution to the understanding of the factors enabling impoverished children of immigrants to succeed in education and employment. The authors in this volume combine state of the art quantitative and ethnographic research conducted in various parts of the United States to create the most comprehensive portrayal of the ways in which immigrant families and their children overcome a multitude of challenges in their course to assimilation.

This fascinating volume of The ANNALS is a must-read for students, scholars, and policymakers concerned with the low representation of immigrant and minority students among college graduates. Although its focus is on the children of immigrants, the book is eminently relevant to the understanding of factors that increase the likelihood of success in education and employment among impoverished children in general.

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No Margin for Error: Educational and Occupational Achievement among Disadvantaged Children of Immigrants - Alejandro Portes, Patricia Fernández-Kelly
Success Attained, Deterred, and Denied: Divergent Pathways to Social Mobility in Los Angeles’s New Second Generation - Min Zhou, Jennifer Lee, Jody Agius Vallejo, Rosaura Tafoya-Estrada, Yang Sao Xiong
The Role of School in the Upward Mobility of Disadvantaged Immigrants’ Children - Lingxin Hao, Suet-ling Pong
Disparities in the Educational Success of Immigrants: An Assessment of the Immigrant Effect for Asians and Latinos - Angel L. Harris, Kenneth M. Jamison, Monica H. Trujillo
The Back Pocket Map: Social Class and Cultural Capital as Transferable Assets in the Advancement of Second-Generation Immigrants - Patricia Fernández-Kelly
Ethnic Communities and School Performance among the New Second Generation in the United States: Testing the Theory of Segmented Assimilation - Clemens Kroneberg
Fit to Miss, but Matched to Hatch: Success Factors among the Second Generation’s Disadvantaged in South Florida - Lisa Konczal, William Haller
Educational Hopes, Documented Dreams: Guatemalan and Salvadoran Immigrants’ Legality and Educational Prospects - Cecilia Menjívar
The Coming of the Second Generation: Immigration and Ethnic Mobility in Southern California - Rubén G. Rumbaut
“Here’s Your Diploma, Mom!”: Family Obligation and Multiple Pathways to Success - Tekla Nicholas, Alex Stepick, Carol Dutton Stepick
Becoming American, Becoming Minority, Getting Ahead: The Role of Racial and Ethnic Status in the Upward Mobility of the Children of Immigrants - Philip Kasinitz
Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn: Extrafamily Support, Intrafamily Dynamics, and Socially Neutral Operating Identities in Exceptional Mobility among Children of Mexican Immigrants - Robert C. Smith
Norms, Values, and Solidarity: A Durkheimian Perspective on Escaping from the Inner City - Steven Elías Alvarado
No Margin for Error and Its Implications for Future Research - G. Cristina Mora
We Are the People Who Love Us and the Stories We Tell Ourselves - Alejandro Rivas
Book Review Essay: New Faces in New Places: The Changing Geography of American Immigration - Peggy Levitt
Book Review Essay: Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age - Charles Hirschman

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