Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity / Edition 1

Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity / Edition 1

by Tomas Jimenez
     
 


"Without a doubt, Tomás Jiménez has written the single most important contemporary academic study on Mexican American assimilation. Clear-headed, crisply written, and free of ideological bias, Replenished Ethnicity is an extraordinary breakthrough in our understanding of the largest immigrant group in the history of the United States. Bravo!"—See more details below

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"Without a doubt, Tomás Jiménez has written the single most important contemporary academic study on Mexican American assimilation. Clear-headed, crisply written, and free of ideological bias, Replenished Ethnicity is an extraordinary breakthrough in our understanding of the largest immigrant group in the history of the United States. Bravo!"—Gregory Rodriguez, author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America

"Tomás Jiménez's Replenished Ethnicity brilliantly navigates between the two opposing perils in the study of Mexican Americans—pessimistically overracializing them or optimistically overassimilating them. This much-needed and gracefully written book illuminates the on-the-ground situations of the later generations of this key American group, insightfully identifying and analyzing the unique factor operating in its case: more or less continuous immigration for more than a century. Jiménez's work provides a landmark for all future studies of Latin American incorporation into U.S. society."—Richard Alba, author of Remaking the American Mainstream

"Tomás Jiménez's study adds a much-needed but long absent element to our understanding of how immigration contributes to the construction and reproduction of Mexican American ethnicity even as it continuously evolves. His work provides useful and needed detail that are absent even from the most reliable surveys."—Rodolfo de la Garza, Columbia University

“In a masterful piece of social science, Tomás Jiménez debunks allegations about slow social and cultural assimilation of Mexican Americans through a richly textured ethnographic account of Mexican Americans' lived experiences in two communities with distinct immigration experiences. Population replenishment via immigration, he claims, maintains distinctiveness of established Mexican origin generations via infusion of cultural elixir-in varying doses over time and place. Ironically, it is the vast heterogeneity of Mexican Americans-generational depth, socioeconomic, national origin and legal-that both contributes to the population's ethnic uniqueness and yet defies singular theoretical frameworks. Jiménez's page-turner uses the Mexican American ethnic prism to re-interpret the U.S. ethnic tapestry and revise the canonical view of assimilation. Replenished Ethnicity sets a high bar for second generation scholarship about Mexican Americans.“—Marta Tienda, The Office of Population Research at Princeton University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520261426
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/18/2009
Pages:
366
Sales rank:
1,230,022
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Tomás R. Jiménez is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Introduction 1

2 Mexican Americans: A History of Replenishment and Assimilation 31

3 Dimensions of Mexican-American Assimilation 66

4 Replenishing Mexican Ethnicity 101

5 The Ties That Bind and Divide: Ethnic Boundaries and Ethnic Identity 138

6 Assessing Mexican Immigration: The Mexican-American Perspective 179

7 Ethnic Drawbridges: Unity and Division with Mexican Immigrants 215

8 Conclusion 250

Appendix A Methodological Issues 273

Appendix B List of Respondents 282

Appendix C Interview Questions 289

Notes 303

Bibliography 313

Index 331

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