Changing Face of Home The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation

ISBN-10: 0871545160

ISBN-13: 9780871545169

Edition: 2006

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Description: The children of immigrants account for the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population under 18 years old one out of every five children in the United States. Will this generation of immigrant children follow the path of earlier waves of immigrants and gradually assimilate into mainstream American life, or does the global nature of the contemporary world mean that the trajectory of today's immigrants will be fundamentally different? Rather than severing their ties to their home countries, many immigrants today sustain economic, political, and religious ties to their homelands, even as they work, vote, and pray in the countries that receive them. The Changing Face of Home is the first book to examine the extent to which the children of immigrants engage in such transnational practices. Because most second generation immigrants are still young, there is much debate among immigration scholars about the extent to which these children will engage in transnational practices in the future. While the contributors to this volume find some evidence of transnationalism among the children of immigrants, they disagree over whether these activities will have any long-term effects. Part I of the volume explores how the practice and consequences of transnationalism vary among different groups. Contributors Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, and John Mollenkopf use findings from their large study of immigrant communities in New York City to show how both distance and politics play important roles in determining levels of transnational activity. For example, many Latin American and Caribbean immigrants are "circular migrants" spending much time in both their home countries and the United States, while Russian Jews and Chinese immigrants have far less contact of any kind with their homelands. In Part II, the contributors comment on these findings, offering suggestions for reconceptualizing the issue and bridging analytical differences. In her chapter, Nancy Foner makes valuable comparisons with past waves of immigrants as a way of understanding the conditions that may foster or mitigate transnationalism among today's immigrants. The final set of chapters examines how home and host country value systems shape how second generation immigrants construct their identities, and the economic, social, and political communities to which they ultimately express allegiance. The Changing Face of Home presents an important first round of research and dialogue on the activities and identities of the second generation vis-a-vis their ancestral homelands, and raises important questions for future research."

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date: 8/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Historical, Empirical, and Theoretical Perspectives
An Early Transnationalism? The Japanese American Second Generation of Hawaii in the Interwar Years
Severed or Sustained Attachments? Language, Identity, and Imagined Communities in the Post-Immigrant Generation
Transnationalism and the Children of Immigrants in Contemporary New York
The Ties That Change: Relations to the Ancestral Home over the Life Cycle
Life Course, Generation, and Social Location as Factors Shaping Second-Generation Transnational Life
The Generation of Identity: Redefining the Second Generation Within a Transnational Social Field
Questioning Some Underlying Assumptions
On Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Meaning of Immigrant Generations
Second-Generation Transnationalism
The Study of Transnationalism Among the Children of Immigrants: Where We Are and Where We Should Be Headed
Second-Generation Transnationalism, Then and Now
Using a Transnational Lens to Understand the Children of Immigrants
There's No Place Like "Home": Emotional Transnationalism and the Struggles of Second-Generation Filipinos
Of Blood, Belonging, and Homeland Trips: Transnationalism and Identity Among Second-Generation Chinese and Korean Americans
Creating Histories for the Present: Second-Generation (Re)definitions of Chinese American Culture
Second-Generation West Indian Transnationalism
"Viet Nam, Nuoc Toi" (Vietnam, My Country): Vietnamese Americans and Transnationalism
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