Immigration and Crime: Race, Ethnicity, and Violence

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The original essays in this much-needed collection broadly assess the contemporary patterns of crime as related to immigration, race, and ethnicity. Immigration and Crime covers both a variety of immigrant groups—mainly from Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America—and a variety of topics including: victimization, racial conflict, juvenile delinquency, exposure to violence, homicide, drugs, gangs, and border violence.

The volume provides important insights about past understandings of immigration and crime, many based on theories that have proven to be untrue or racially biased, as well as offering new scholarship on salient topics. Overall, the contributors argue that fears of immigrant crime are largely unfounded, as immigrants are themselves often more likely to be the victims of discrimination, stigmatization, and crime rather than the perpetrators.

Contributors: Avraham Astor, Carl L. Bankston III, Robert J. Bursik, Jr., Roberto G. Gonzales, Sang Hea Kil, Golnaz Komaie, Jennifer Lee, Matthew T. Lee, Ramiro Martínez, Jr., Cecilia Menjívar, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, Charlie V. Morgan, Amie L. Nielsen, Rubén G. Rumbaut, Rosaura Tafoya-Estrada, Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Min Zhou.

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“This volume shines a much needed light on the complexity of connections between crime, race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. Drawing on a distinguished group of experts on crime and immigration, Martinez and Valenzuela pull together a stimulating blend of perspectives and methods to address a topic that has been sadly neglected by researchers.”-Gary LaFree,author of Losing Legitimacy: Street Crime and the Decline of Social Institutions in America

Immigration and Crime is a terrific collection that debunks the stereotype of the Latino ‘criminal immigrant.’ The systematic and thorough quantitative and qualitative data in the book should provide pause and help shape a new policy agenda on immigration and crime.”
-Eduardo Bonilla-Silva,author of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

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Meet the Author

Abel Valenzuela, Jr. is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Chicana/o studies and at the University of California, Los Angeles and is co-editor of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles.

Ramiro Martinez, Jr., is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Health at Florida International University and the author of Latino Homicide: Immigration, Violence and Community.

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Table of Contents

1 Coming to America: The Impact of the New Immigration on Crime
Ramiro Martinez Jr.
2 Rethinking the Chicago School of Criminology: A New Era of Immigration
Robert J. Bursik Jr.
3 Immigrant Assimilation and Crime: Generational Differences in Youth Violence in Chicago
Jeffrey D. Morenoff and Avraham Astor
4 Immigration and Incarceration: Patterns and Predictors of Imprisonment among First- and Second-Generation Young Adults
Rubén G. Rumbaut, Roberto G. Gonzales, Golnaz Komaie, Charlie V. Morgan, and Rosaura Tafoya-Estrada
5 Immigration and Asian Homicide Patterns in Urban and Suburban San Diego
Matthew T. Lee and Ramiro Martinez Jr.
6 Delinquency and Acculturation in the Twenty-?rst Century: A Decade’s Change in a Vietnamese American Community
Min Zhou and Carl L. Bankston III
7 Beyond Conflict and Controversy: Blacks, Koreans, and Jews in Urban America
Jennifer Lee
8 The “War on the Border”: Criminalizing Immigrants and Militarizing the U.S.-Mexico Border
Sang Hea Kil and Cecilia Menjívar
9 New Immigrants and Day Labor
Abel Valenzuela Jr.
10 Multiple Disadvantages and Crime among Black Immigrants
Amie L. Nielsen and Ramiro Martinez Jr.
About the Contributors

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