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The Mobility of Workers Under Advanced Capitalism: Dominican Migration to the United States / Edition 1

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Overview

What explains the international mobility of workers from developing to advanced societies? Why do workers move from one region to another? Theoretically, the supply of workers in a given region and the demand for them in another account for the international mobility of laborers. Job seekers from less developed regions migrate to more advanced countries where technological and productive transformations have produced a shortage of laborers. Using the Dominican labor force in New York as a case study, Ramona Hernández challenges this presumption of a straightforward relationship between supply and demand in the job markets of the receiving society. She contends that the traditional correlation between migration and economic progress does not always hold true. Once transplanted in New York City, Hernández shows, Dominicans have faced economic hardship as the result of high levels of unemployment and underemployment and the reality of a changing labor market that increasingly requires workers with skills and training they do not have. Rather than responding to a demand in the labor market, emigration from the Dominican Republic was the result of a de facto government policy encouraging poor and jobless people to leave -- a policy in which the United States was an accomplice because the policy suited its economic and political interests in the region.

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Editorial Reviews

Centro Journal
The Strength of Hernández' book lies in her showing, on the one hand, the structural character of migration and, on the other, the fact that migration is not necessarily functional to the needs of the global economy.

— Jose Itzigsohn

Latin American Research Review
Hernandez provides a succinct and interesting overview of how the geopolitics of the Dominican Republic encouraged emigration.

— Gareth A. Jones

American Journal of Sociology - Greta Gilbertson

Hernandez succeeds in bringing to the reader's attention some of the very troubling dimensions of Dominican settlement and incorporation in New York City. This work provides a strong foundation for future research on Dominican immigration.

Journal of American Ethnic History - Michele Wucker

Hernandez analyzes the data that document the reality that inspired Nueba Yol, arguing that many Dominicans know the harsh facts but come [to New York] anyway. Her book convincingly describes a troubling new scenario and gives a much-needed reality check.

Latino Studies - Glenn Jacobs

With the utmost civility, this volume takes to task truisms concerning immigration theory and Dominicans' purported middle-class status, entrepreneurial bent, and prosperity.

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies - Estela Rivero-Fuentes

Hernandez's book is very well documented and returns to a range of structural factors that affect international migration but are commonly ignored in recent studies...This book is an important contribution to the literature on migration.

Centro Journal - Jose Itzigsohn

The Strength of Hernández' book lies in her showing, on the one hand, the structural character of migration and, on the other, the fact that migration is not necessarily functional to the needs of the global economy.

Latin American Research Review - Gareth A. Jones

Hernandez provides a succinct and interesting overview of how the geopolitics of the Dominican Republic encouraged emigration.

Choice

A superb economic history... useful... excellent... highly recommended.

Choice

A superb economic history... useful... excellent... highly recommended.

American Journal of Sociology
Hernandez succeeds in bringing to the reader's attention some of the very troubling dimensions of Dominican settlement and incorporation in New York City. This work provides a strong foundation for future research on Dominican immigration.

— Greta Gilbertson

Journal of American Ethnic History
Hernandez analyzes the data that document the reality that inspired Nueba Yol, arguing that many Dominicans know the harsh facts but come [to New York] anyway. Her book convincingly describes a troubling new scenario and gives a much-needed reality check.

— Michele Wucker

Latino Studies
With the utmost civility, this volume takes to task truisms concerning immigration theory and Dominicans' purported middle-class status, entrepreneurial bent, and prosperity.

— Glenn Jacobs

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Hernandez's book is very well documented and returns to a range of structural factors that affect international migration but are commonly ignored in recent studies...This book is an important contribution to the literature on migration.

— Estela Rivero-Fuentes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231116237
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramona Hernández is the director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. She is the author of The Dominican Americans.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Mobility of Labor in Response to DemandAn Alternative Reading of Labor MobilityThe Changing Economy: No Need for Extra HandsEmigration as an Expulsion of WorkersLife in the MetropolisPart 1. Leaving the Land of the Few 1. The Great Exodus: Its Roots2. Economic Growth and Surplus PopulationPart 2. Settling in the Land of Dreams 3. The Perception of a Migratory Movement4. Dominicans in the Labor Market5. On the International Mobility of Labor6. Conclusion: Assessing the Present and Auguring the Future

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Wow

    For the first time, an author has the courage and insight to write about the Dominican community in the United States. La Doctora clearly illustrates the massive migration of Dominican to the United States was not a choice, but rather an direct push from both the United States and the Dominican Republic. She then elucidates the current socio-economic status of Dominicans in the United States. The numbers are a grim wake up call for those involved in bettering the community. Lastly, what makes this book so unique, is that it is writen from a female, and more importantly, a feminist perspective. In this firmly sociological text, Dr. Hernandez was successfully able to demonstrate the power of the Dominican woman. Overall a great job at a time when it was most needed.

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