Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration

Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration

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The politics of immigration have heated up in recent years as Congress has failed to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, the President has proposed executive actions, and state and local governments have responded unevenly and ambivalently to burgeoning immigrant communities in the context of a severe economic downturn. Moreover we have witnessed large shifts in the locations of immigrants and their families between and within the metropolitan areas of the United States. Charlotte, North Carolina, may be a more active and dynamic immigrant destination than Chicago, Illinois, while the suburbs are receiving ever more immigrants.

The work of John Mollenkopf, Manuel Pastor, and their colleagues represents one of the first systematic comparative studies of immigrant incorporation at the metropolitan level. They consider immigrant reception in seven different metro areas, and their analyses stress the differences in capacity and response between central cities, down-at-the-heels suburbs, and outer metropolitan areas, as well as across metro areas. A key feature of case studies in the book is their inclusion of not only traditional receiving areas (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles) but also newer ones (Charlotte, Phoenix, San Jose, and California's "Inland Empire"). Another innovative aspect is that the authors link their work to the new literature on regional governance, contribute to emerging research on spatial variations within metropolitan areas, and highlight points of intersection with the longer-term processes of immigrant integration.

Contributors: Els de Graauw, CUNY; Juan De Lara, University of Southern California; Jaime Dominguez, Northwestern University; Diana Gordon, CUNY; Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University; Paul Lewis, Arizona State University; Doris Marie Provine, Arizona State University; John Mollenkopf, CUNY; Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California; Rachel Rosner, independent consultant, Florida; Jennifer Tran, City of San Francisco

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501702679
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Mollenkopf is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is coeditor of Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration and Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation, both from Cornell, and author or editor of many other books.

Manuel Pastor Jr. is Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity and Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California. He is the coauthor of books including Up Against the Sprawl and Regions That Work.

Table of Contents

1. The Ethnic Mosaic: Immigrant Integration at the Metropolitan Scale
John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor2. The Cases in Context: Data and Destinies in Seven Metropolitan Areas
Manuel Pastor and John Mollenkopf3. Teeming Shores: Immigrant Reception in the Fragmented Metropolis of New York
Els de Graauw, Diana R. Gordon, and John Mollenkopf4. Machine Matters: The Politics of Immigrant Integration in the Chicago Metro Area
Jaime Dominguez5. Movements Matter: Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles
Manuel Pastor, Juan De Lara, and Rachel Rosner6. The Last Suburb: Immigrant Integration in the Inland Empire
Juan De Lara7. "The Kindness of Strangers": Ambivalent Reception in Charlotte, North Carolina
Michael Jones-Correa8. Chill Winds in the Valley of the Sun: Immigrant Integration in the Phoenix Region
Doris Marie Provine and Paul G. Lewis9. Out of Many, One: Collaborating for Immigrant Integration in San José
Manuel Pastor, Rachel Rosner, and Jennifer Tran10. Synthesizing the Research: Themes, Challenges, and Opportunities
Manuel Pastor and John Mollenkopf

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Caroline B. Brettell

"The well-written and accessible Unsettled Americans is an important addition to the scholarship on immigrant incorporation, particularly with its unified framework, comparative analysis, and focus on metropolitan areas. Public officials and community-based organizations will find this great book useful in improving their work on immigrant integration."

Karthick Ramakrishnan

"Unsettled Americans shows us how, and why, place matters for the incorporation of immigrants in the United States. The authors provide detailed analyses across a range of central cities, suburbs, and exurbs, drawing our attention to economic, social, and political dynamics that fundamentally shape the process of immigrant incorporation today."

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