Fertility Patterns of Native and Foreign-Born Women: Assimilating to Diversity

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Glusker considers how and why fertility patterns change with immigration. In so doing she considers not only immigrants, but also US minority groups. Using Current Population Survey data Glusker addresses the complex of factors: duration of stay, generational status, nativity, and race/ethnicity. She finds that race and ethnicity affect the fertility of native-born women, independent of their socioeconomic status. This is not the case for foreign-born women. Race and ethnicity may be the central concerns as we consider future immigrant assimilation. The issue is not the fertility of immigrants per se, but of the US minorities that certain immigrant groups will join.
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Table of Contents

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Introduction: The Enduring Issue of Immigration 1
Ch. 1 "Becoming American": Theoretical Challenges 11
Ch. 2 The Centrality of Nativity, Ethnicity, Duration and Generation 27
Ch. 3 The Emerging Question: Convergence to Which Norm? 63
Ch. 4 Differing Determinants and Patterns of Fertility in a Diverse Population 105
Ch. 5 Processes of Family Formation: "The Third Child" 153
Ch. 6 Initiation of Family Formation: The Timing of First Births 201
Ch. 7 Conclusion: The Salience of Race/Ethnicity and of Family 243
References 259
Appendix 283
Index 287
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