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

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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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“It offers a mixture of theory, historical methods, quantitative approaches, ethnographies, and commentaries that allow readers to compare articles in useful ways and suggests their utility in multiple settings.”
-Journal of World History


“Given recent anti-immigrant sentiments and evolving policies regarding today’s immigrants, From Arrival to Incorporation is timely in its emphasis on the need to move beyond a binary vision of immigrant experiences.”


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814799611
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Nation of Newcomers Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliott Barkan is Emeritus Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the author or editor of numerous books including, most recently, From All Points: America’s Immigrant West, 1870s-1952.

Hasia Diner is Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. She is the author of the award-winning We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962 (NYU Press, 2009).

Alan M. Kraut is Professor of History at American University. His numerous books include, most recently, Covenant of Care: Newark Beth Israel and the Jewish Hospital in America (co-authored with Deborah Kraut).

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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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