Immigrant Life in the Us: Multidisciplinary Perspectives / Edition 1

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Immigrant Life in the U.S. brings together scholars from across the disciplines to examine diverse examples of immigration to the paradigmatic 'nation of immigrants'. The volume covers a wide range of time periods, ethnic and national groups, and places of immigration. Contemporary Chinese children brought to the U.S. through adoption, Mexican laborers hired to work in the mid-west in the 1930s, Indian computer programmers hired to work in California, and more, are examined in a series of chapters that show the great diversity of issues facing immigrants in the past and in the present.
This book emphasizes the complex tapestry that is the everyday experience of life as an immigrant and turns a critical eye on the place of globalization in the everyday life of immigrants. The contrasts it draws between past and present demonstrate the continued salience of national and ethnic identities while also describing how migrants can live almost simultaneously in two countries.
This book will be of essential interest to advanced students and researchers of Sociology, History, Ethnic Studies and American Studies.

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Meet the Author

Donna R. Gabaccia is the Mellon Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on gender and international migration, immigrant life in the United States and Italian migration worldwide. Recent books include Immigration and American Diversity (2002), Italy's Many Diasporas (2000), and We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans (1998). Colin Wayne Leach is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research examines the phenomenology and politics of status distinctions made in the U.S., Western Europe, and Australia. He is co-editor of The Social Life of Emotions (forthcoming).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface and acknowledgments
1 Introduction: American identities in a global era 1
2 Elusive citizenship: education, the press, and the struggle over representation in Napa, California 1848-1910 15
3 The prehistory of the Cadenu: Dominican identity, social class, and the problem of mobility, 1965-78 31
4 Between fantasy and despair: the transnational condition and high-tech immigration 51
5 Asian-Latinos: Japanese-Peruvians' ethnic adaptation and social mobility in New York and Los Angeles 65
6 Adopted children's identities at the China/U.S. border 83
7 Members of many gangs: childhood and ethno-racial identity on the streets of twentieth-century urban America 99
8 'Becoming' and 'being' Chinese American in college: a look at ethnicity, social class, and neighborhood in identity development 113
9 Workplace identities and collective memory: living and remembering the effects of the Bracero total institution 133
10 The significance of race in the urban labor market: a study of employers 152
11 'Natural mothers' for sale: the construction of Latina immigrant identity in domestic service labor markets 173
12 An afterword: the work and the wonder in studying immigrant life across the disciplines 191
Notes 201
Bibliography 217
Index 234
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