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Overview

Mexican immigration to the United States—the oldest and largest immigration movement to this country—is in the midst of a fundamental transformation. For decades, Mexican immigration was primarily a border phenomenon, confined to Southwestern states. But legal changes in the mid-1980s paved the way for Mexican migrants to settle in parts of America that had no previous exposure to people of Mexican heritage. In New Destinations, editors Víctor Zúñiga and Rubén Hernández-León bring together an inter-disciplinary team of scholars to examine demographic, social, cultural, and political changes in areas where the incorporation of Mexican migrants has deeply changed the preexisting ethnic landscape.

New Destinations looks at several of the communities where Mexican migrants are beginning to settle, and documents how the latest arrivals are reshaping—and being reshaped by—these new areas of settlement. Contributors Jorge Durand, Douglas Massey, and Chiara Capoferro use census data to diagram the historical evolution of Mexican immigration to the United States, noting the demographic, economic, and legal factors that led recent immigrants to move to areas where few of their predecessors had settled. Looking at two towns in Southern Louisiana, contributors Katharine Donato, Melissa Stainback, and Carl Bankston III reach a surprising conclusion: that documented immigrant workers did a poorer job of integrating into the local culture than their undocumented peers. They attribute this counterintuitive finding to documentation policies, which helped intensify employer control over migrants and undercut the formation of a stable migrant community among documented workers. Brian Rich and Marta Miranda detail an ambivalent mixture of paternalism and xenophobia by local residents toward migrants in Lexington, Kentucky. The new arrivals were welcomed for their strong work ethic so long as they stayed in “invisible” spheres such as fieldwork, but were resented once they began to take part in more public activities like schools or town meetings. New Destinations also provides some hopeful examples of progress in community relations. Several chapters, including Mark Grey and Anne Woodrick’s examination of a small Iowa town, point to the importance of dialogue and mediation in establishing amicable relations between ethnic groups in newly multi-cultural settings.

New Destinations is the first scholarly assessment of Mexican migrants’ experience in the Midwest, Northeast, and deep South—the latest settlement points for America’s largest immigrant group. Enriched by perspectives from demographers, anthropologists, sociologists, folklorists, and political scientists, this volume is an essential starting point for scholarship on the new Mexican migration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871549891
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

VÍCTOR ZÚÑIGA is dean of the School of Education and Humanities at the Universidad de Monterrey.

RUBÉN HERNÁNDEZ-LEÓN is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents


InrodIuction xi
Fictor Zunga and Ruben Herndndez-Le6n
Cater I The New Geography of Mexican Immigration 1
JorgI Durand, Douglas S. ahssvy,
aud C(hinara tiaperr
PART I PROCESSE OF IMMIGRANT
C(OMMUNIT FORM ATION AND
ECONOMIC INCRORPORATION
Chapter 2 T he Great Plains Migration Mexicanos and Latinos in Nebraska I3
Lourdes Gouveia, Mioul A. C arranza,
can Jasey nCoua.
Chapter : Rural Industry and Mexican mmingration and Settlement in North Carolina 50
David C. Grffith
Chaprter The Economic Incorporation of Mexican
Immigrants in Southern Louisiana: A Tale of Two Cities 76;
lthar2ine . Donato, ?ie/lissa Stainback,
and Carl iL Bankston II
"PART II LOCAL IMPACTS AND REACTIONS FROM
ESTABLISHED RESIDENTS
Chapter 5 Bridging the Community: Nativism Activ ism and the Politics of Inclusion in a Mexican
Settlement in Pennsylvania 103
Debra Lattanzi Shutika
Chapter "Latinos Have Revitalized Our Community':
Mexican Migration and Anglo Responses in
Marshalltown, Iowa 133
Mark A. Grey and Anne C. JIoodrick
Chapter 7 Recent Mexican Migration in the Rural
Delmarva Peninsula: Human Rights Versus
Citizenship Rights in a Local Context 155
Timothy J. Dunn, Ana Maria Aragones and George Shivers
PART III INTERGROUP RELATIONS: CONFLICT
AND ACCOMMODATION BETWEEN
NEWCOMERS AND ESTABLISHED RESIDENTS
Chapter 8 The Sociopolitical Dynamics of Mexican
Immigratio in Lexington, Kentucky, 1997
to 002: An Ambivalent Community Responds 187
Brian L Rich and Uarta Miranda
Chapter 9 Racialization and Mexicans in New York City 220
Robert Courtney Smith
Chapter 10 Appalachia Meets Aztlin: Mexican Immigration and Intergroup Relations in Dalton, Georgia 244
Ruben Hernandez-Le6n and Victor Ziffiga
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