Immigrant America A Portrait

ISBN-10: 0520250419

ISBN-13: 9780520250413

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Alejandro Portes, Rub�n G. Rumbaut

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This third edition of the widely acclaimed classic has been thoroughly expanded and updated to reflect current demographic, economic, and political realities. Drawing on recent census data and other primary sources, Portes and Rumbaut have infused the entire text with new information and added a vivid array of new vignettes and illustrations. Recognized for its superb portrayal of immigration and immigrant lives in the United States, this book probes the dynamics of immigrant politics, examining questions of identity and loyalty among newcomers, and explores the psychological consequences of varying modes of migration and acculturation. The authors look at patterns of settlement in urban America, discuss the problems of English-language acquisition and bilingual education, explain how immigrants incorporate themselves into the American economy, and examine the trajectories of their children from adolescence to early adulthood. With a vital new chapter on religion--and fresh analyses of topics ranging from patterns of incarceration to the mobility of the second generation and the unintended consequences of public policies--this updated edition is indispensable for framing and informing issues that promise to be even more hotly and urgently contested as the subject moves to the center of national debate..
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List price: $33.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Alejandro Portes is John Dewey Professor of Sociology and International Relations and chair of the department of sociology at the Johns Hopkins University. He is coauthor of City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments for the Third Edition
Acknowledgments for the Second Edition
Acknowledgments for the First Edition
Nine Stories
Who They Are and Why They Come
The Origins of Immigration
Immigrants and Their Types
Moving: Patterns of Immigrant Settlement and Spatial Mobility
The Pioneers
Following in the Footsteps
Contemporary Settlement Patterns: A Map of Immigrant America
Locational Decisions of Immigrant Groups
Preferred Places
Persistent Ethnicity
Conclusion: The Pros and Cons of Spatial Concentration
Making It in America: Occupational and Economic Adaptation
Immigrants in the American Economy
Explaining the Differences: Modes of Incorporation
From Immigrants to Ethnics: Identity, Citizenship, and Political Participation
In the Society and Not of It
Immigrant Politics at the Turn of the Century
Immigrant Politics Today
Making It Count: Citizenship Acquisition
The Future of Immigrant Politics
Variations within a Theme
A Foreign World: Immigration, Mental Health, and Acculturation
Travel and Travail
Marginality and Freedom
Early Psychopathology: The Eugenics Approach to Mental Illness
From Nationality to Class and Context: The Changed Etiology of Mental Illness
Immigrants and Refugees: Contemporary Trends
Contexts of Incorporation: Mental Health and Help Seeking
Acculturation and Its Discontents
Immigration and Incarceration
Acculturation and Perceptions of Discrimination
Conclusion: The Major Determinants of Immigrant Psychology
Learning the Ropes: Language and Education
Patterns of English Language Acquisition in the United States
Language Diversity and Resilience in the United States Today
Assimilation and Linguistic Pluralism in the United States
Growing Up American: The New Second Generation
The New Second Generation at a Glance
Parental Human Capital and Modes of Incorporation
The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study
Where They Grow Up: Challenges to Second-Generation Adaptation
Confronting the Challenge
Segmented Assimilation in Early Adulthood
Religion: The Enduring Presence
Yesterday and Today
Religion and Modes of Incorporation
Religious Diversity and Change
Religion and Transnationalism
Religion and the Second Generation
Religion: Linear and Reactive
The Mexican Experience
Conclusion: Immigration and Public Policy
A Game of Mirrors: The Public Perception of Immigration
The Reality Underneath: The Political Economy of Immigration
The Clash of Ideology and Reality
Better Policies for a Better Future
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