The Economic Sociology of Immigration: Essays on Networks, Ethnicity, and Entrepreneurship / Edition 1

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The Economic Sociology of Immigration forges a dynamic link between the theoretical innovations of economic sociology and the latest empirical findings from immigration research, an area of critical concern as the problems of ethnic poverty and inequality become increasingly profound. Alejandro Portes's overview of sociological approaches to economic phenomena provides the framework for six wide-ranging investigations into ethnic and immigrant labor networks and social resources, entrepreneurship, and cultural assimilation. Mark Granovetter illustrates how small businesses built on the supposedly archaic bonds of ethnicity and kinship can not only survive in a modern economy but, under certain conditions, flourish remarkably well. Bryan R. Roberts demonstrates how immigrant groups' expectations of the duration of their stay influence their propensity toward entrepreneurship. Ivan Light and Carolyn Rosenstein chart how specific metropolitan environments have stimulated or impeded entrepreneurial ventures in five ethnic populations. Saskia Sassen provides a revealing analysis of the unexpectedly flexible labor market networks maintained between immigrants and their native countries, while M. Patricia Fernandez Kelly looks specifically at the black inner city to examine how insular cultural values - particularly views on adolescent pregnancy - hinder the acquisition of skills and jobs outside the neighborhood. Alejandro Portes also discusses cultural maladaptation in the inner city, depicting the clash between the attitudes of American-born youths and those of recent immigrants, and its effects on the economic success of immigrant children.
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Contributors reinterpret immigration issues through the application of socioeconomic concepts, touching on topics such as ethnic and immigrant labor networks, entrepreneurship, assimilation among children of immigrants, and the effect of insular cultural values on the acquisition of skills and jobs. Includes an overview of sociological approaches to economic phenomena. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871546821
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328

Meet the Author

ALEJANDRO PORTES is professor of sociology at Princeton University and faculty associate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.

CONTRIBUTORS: Mark Granovetter, M. Patricia Fernández Kelly, Ivan Light, Alejandro Portes, Bryan R. Roberts, Carolyn Rosenstein, and Saskia Sassen.

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Table of Contents

1 Economic Sociology and the Sociology of Immigration: A Conceptual Overview 1
2 Socially Expected Durations and the Economic Adjustment of Immigrants 42
3 Immigration and Local Labor Markets 87
4 The Economic Sociology of Firms and Entrepreneurs 128
5 Expanding the Interaction Theory of Entrepreneurship 166
6 Social and Cultural Capital in the Urban Ghetto: Implications for the Economic Sociology of Immigration 213
7 Children of Immigrants: Segmented Assimilation and Its Determinants 248
Index 281
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