The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration since 1965 / Edition 1

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Overview

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Salsa has replaced ketchup as the most popular condiment. A mosque has been erected around the corner. The local hospital is staffed by Indian doctors and Philippine nurses, and the local grocery store is owned by a Korean family. A single elementary school may include students who speak dozens of different languages at home. This is a snapshot of America at the turn of the twenty-first century.

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, shaped by successive waves of new arrivals. The most recent transformation began when immigration laws and policies changed significantly in 1965, admitting migrants from around the globe in new numbers and with widely varying backgrounds and aspirations.

This comprehensive guide, edited and written by an interdisciplinary group of prominent scholars, provides an authoritative account of the most recent surge of immigrants. Twenty thematic essays address such topics as immigration law and policy, refugees, unauthorized migrants, racial and ethnic identity, assimilation, nationalization, economy, politics, religion, education, and family relations. These are followed by comprehensive articles on immigration from the thirty most significant nations or regions of origin. Based on the latest U.S. Census data and the most recent scholarly research, The New Americans is an essential reference for students, scholars, and anyone curious about the changing face of America.

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Editorial Reviews

Charleston Post and Courier

An exhaustive new work by more than two dozen American scholars...It's a careful, learned work aimed at educating us all as to who Americans really are these days...For those reporting on, working with or leading this increasingly diverse nation, The New Americans will serve as a thorough primer to the nuances, challenges and opportunities at hand.
— Robert Behre

New York Post

The book is a useful primer; at once a wealth of information and a telling snapshot of current academic opinion on that all-important topic, assimilation.
— Tamar Jacoby

Ethnic and Racial Studies

There is not a weak or disappointing essay in the book...Waters and Ueda have succeeded in their goal of updating The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. My copy of The New Americans now sits next to that venerable old guide, as it should for any scholar of the American immigrant experience.
— Peter Kivisto

Charleston Post and Courier - Robert Behre
An exhaustive new work by more than two dozen American scholars...It's a careful, learned work aimed at educating us all as to who Americans really are these days...For those reporting on, working with or leading this increasingly diverse nation, The New Americans will serve as a thorough primer to the nuances, challenges and opportunities at hand.
New York Post - Tamar Jacoby
The book is a useful primer; at once a wealth of information and a telling snapshot of current academic opinion on that all-important topic, assimilation.
Ethnic and Racial Studies - Peter Kivisto
There is not a weak or disappointing essay in the book...Waters and Ueda have succeeded in their goal of updating The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. My copy of The New Americans now sits next to that venerable old guide, as it should for any scholar of the American immigrant experience.
New York Post
The book is a useful primer; at once a wealth of information and a telling snapshot of current academic opinion on that all-important topic, assimilation.
— Tamar Jacoby
Charleston Post and Courier
An exhaustive new work by more than two dozen American scholars...It's a careful, learned work aimed at educating us all as to who Americans really are these days...For those reporting on, working with or leading this increasingly diverse nation, The New Americans will serve as a thorough primer to the nuances, challenges and opportunities at hand.
— Robert Behre
Ethnic and Racial Studies
There is not a weak or disappointing essay in the book...Waters and Ueda have succeeded in their goal of updating The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. My copy of The New Americans now sits next to that venerable old guide, as it should for any scholar of the American immigrant experience.
— Peter Kivisto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674023574
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary C. Waters is M. E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

Reed Ueda is Professor of History, Tufts University, and author of Postwar Immigrant America.

Helen B. Marrow is a Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Mary C. Waters and Reed Ueda

Immigration in Global Historical Perspective

Reed Ueda

Immigration Control Policy: Law and Implementation

Aristide R. Zolberg

Citizenship and Nationality Policy

Peter H. Schuck

Refugees

David W. Haines

Unauthorized Migration

Frank D. Bean

Settlement Patterns in Metropolitan America

John R. Logan

Ethnic and Racial Identity

Herbert J. Gans

Intermarriage and Multiple Identities

Joel Perlmann and Mary C. Waters

Transforming Foreigners into Americans

Roger Waldinger

Transnationalism

Ewa Morawska

Pluralism and Group Relations

Jennifer L. Hochschild

Immigrants and the Economy

Neeraj Kaushal, Cordelia W. Reimers, and David Reimers

Ethnic Politics

Michael Jones-Correa

Ethnic Media

K. Viswanath and Karen Ka-man Lee

Religious and Cultural Institutions

Diana L. Eck

Language

David Lopez and Vanesa Estrada

Education

Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

Gender and Family

Patricia R. Pessar

The Second Generation

Nancy Foner and Philip Kasinitz

Africa: West

Marilyn Halter

Africa: East

Abdi Kusow

Africa: South Africa and Zimbabwe

Helen B. Marrow

Canada

Donna R. Gabaccia

Central America

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla and Nora Hamilton

China: People's Republic of China

Xiao-huang Yin

China: Outside the People's Republic of China

Jennifer Holdaway

Colombia

Luis Eduardo Guarnizo and Marilyn Espitia

Cuba

Lisandro Pérez

Dominican Republic

Peggy Levitt

El Salvador

Cecilia Menjívar

Europe: Western

Donna R. Gabaccia

Europe: Central and Southeastern

Simone Ispa-Landa

Haiti

Lisa Konczal and Alex Stepick

India

Karen Isaksen Leonard

Iran

Mehdi Bozorgmehr

Jamaica

Milton Vickerman

Korea

Pyong Gap Min

Mexico

Albert M. Camarillo

Middle East

Steven J. Gold and Mehdi Bozorgmehr

Pacific: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa

Cathy A. Small

Pacific: Japan, Australia, New Zealand

Nana Oishi

Philippines

Catherine Ceniza Choy

Poland

Mary Patrice Erdmans

Russia

Steven J. Gold

South America

Helen B. Marrow

South Asia

Nazli Kibria

Southeast Asia

Carl L. Bankston III and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo

United Kingdom

Wendy D. Roth

Vietnam

Rubén G. Rumbaut

West Indies

Calvin B. Holder

Appendix: Immigration and Naturalization Legislation

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Index

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