Islands in the City: West Indian Migration to New York


This collection of original essays draws on a variety of theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and empirical data to explore the effects of West Indian migration and to develop analytic frameworks to examine it.
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This collection of original essays draws on a variety of theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and empirical data to explore the effects of West Indian migration and to develop analytic frameworks to examine it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520228504
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Foner is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Purchase. She is the author of From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration (2000) and The Caregiving Dilemma: Work in an American Nursing Home (1994), among others. She is the editor of New Immigrants in New York (1987) and coeditor, with Rubén Rumbaut and Steven Gold, of Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2000).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: West Indian Migration to New York: An Overview 1
Pt. I Gender, Work, and Residence 23
1 Early-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Women: Migration and Social Networks in New York City 25
2 Where New York's West Indians Work 52
3 West Indians and the Residential Landscape of New York 81
Pt. II Transnational Perspectives 115
4 Transnational Social Relations and the Politics of National Identity: An Eastern Caribbean Case Study 117
5 New York as a Locality in a Global Family Network 142
Pt. III Race, Ethnicity, and the Second Generation 161
6 "Black Like Who?" Afro-Caribbean Immigrants, African Americans, and the Politics of Group Identity 163
7 Growing Up West Indian and African American: Gender and Class Differences in the Second Generation 193
8 Experiencing Success: Structuring the Perception of Opportunities for West Indians 216
9 Tweaking a Monolith: The West Indian Immigrant Encounter with "Blackness" 237
Conclusion: Invisible No More? West Indian Americans in the Social Scientific Imagination 257
References 277
Notes on Contributors 297
Index 301
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