From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Era

From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Era

by Elliott Barkan
     
 

The United States is once again in the midst of a peak period of immigration. By 2005, more than 35 million legal and illegal migrants were present in the United States. At different rates and with differing degrees of difficulty, a great many will be incorporated into American society and culture.

Leading immigration experts in history, sociology, anthropology,

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Overview

The United States is once again in the midst of a peak period of immigration. By 2005, more than 35 million legal and illegal migrants were present in the United States. At different rates and with differing degrees of difficulty, a great many will be incorporated into American society and culture.

Leading immigration experts in history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science here offer multiethnic and multidisciplinary perspectives on the challenges confronting immigrants adapting to a new society. How will these recent arrivals become Americans? Does the journey to the U.S. demand abandoning the past? How is the United States changing even as it requires change from those who come here?

Broad thematic essays are coupled with case studies and concluding essays analyzing contemporary issues facing Muslim newcomers in the wake of 9/11. Together, they offer a vibrant portrait of America’s new populations today.

Contributors: Anny Bakalian, Elliott Barkan, Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Caroline Brettell, Barry R. Chiswick, Hasia Diner, Roland L. Guyotte, Gary Gerstle, David W. Haines, Alan M. Kraut, Xiyuan Li, Timothy J. Meagher, Paul Miller, Barbara M. Posadas, Paul Spickard, Roger Waldinger, Karen A. Woodrow-Lafield, and Min Zhou.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814799604
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Series:
Nation of Nations Series
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Elliott R. Barkan   Hasia Diner   Alan M. Kraut     1
Thematic Approaches to Immigration and Incorporation
America and Refugees: Morality, Rationality, and Expedience, 1939-2005   David W. Haines     41
Migration, Immigration, and Naturalization in America   Karen A. Woodrow-Lafield     60
Immigrant Enclaves, Ethnic Goods, and the Adjustment Process   Barry R. Chiswick   Paul W. Miller     80
Asian Americans, Religion, and Race   Paul Spickard     94
Case Studies
"Meet Me at the Chat/Chaat Corner": The Embeddedness of Immigrant Entrepreneurs   Caroline B. Brettell     121
Filipino Families in the Land of Lincoln: Immigrant Incorporation in Springfield, Illinois, since 1965   Barbara M. Posadas   Roland L. Guyotte     143
Ethnic-Language Maintenance and Social Mobility: A Historical Look at the Development of Chinese Schools in the United States   Min Zhou   Xiyuan Li     163
The Importance of Being Italian: Italian Americans in American Popular Culture, 1960s to 1990s   Timothy J. Meagher     185
Contemporary Immigration and Incorporation
The Immigrant as Threat to American Security: A Historical Perspective   Gary Gerstle     217
Post-9/11 Government Initiatives in Comparative and Historical Perspectives   Mehdi Bozorgmehr   Anny Bakalian     246
Immigrant "Transnationalism" and the Presence of the Past   Roger Waldinger     267
About the Contributors     287
Index     291

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