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In this age of multicultural democracy, the idea of assimilation--that the social distance separating immigrants and their children from the mainstream of American society closes over time--seems outdated and, in some forms, even offensive. But as Richard Alba and Victor Nee show in the first systematic treatment of assimilation since the mid-1960s, it continues to shape the immigrant experience, even though the geography of immigration has shifted from Europe to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Institutional changes, from civil rights legislation to immigration law, have provided a more favorable environment for nonwhite immigrants and their children than in the past.

Assimilation is still driven, in claim, by the decisions of immigrants and the second generation to improve their social and material circumstances in America. But they also show that immigrants, historically and today, have profoundly changed our mainstream society and culture in the process of becoming Americans.

Surveying a variety of domains--language, socioeconomic attachments, residential patterns, and intermarriage--they demonstrate the continuing importance of assimilation in American life. And they predict that it will blur the boundaries among the major, racially defined populations, as nonwhites and Hispanics are increasingly incorporated into the mainstream.

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In this age of multicultural democracy, the idea of assimilation seems outdated and, in some forms, even offensive. But as Richard Alba and Victor Nee show in the first systematic treatment of assimilation since the mid-1960s, it continues to shape the immigrant experience. Surveying a variety of domains--language, socioeconomic attachments, residential patterns, and intermarriage--they demonstrate the continuing importance of assimilation in American life.

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2005 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society

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2004 Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award, International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association

About the Author

Richard Alba is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, the Graduate Center, City University of New York.Victor Nee is the Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor at Cornell University, and Director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society.

Cornell University

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Rethinking Assimilation

2. Assimilation Theory, New and Old

3. Assimilation in Practice: The Europeans and East Asians

4. Was Assimilation Contingent on Specific Historical Conditions?

5. The Background to Contemporary Immigration

6. Evidence of Contemporary Assimilation

7. Conclusion: Remaking the Mainstream

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674018136
Author:
Alba, Richard
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Alba, Richard D.
Author:
Nee, Victor
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Subject:
History - United States/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 line illustrations, 6 tables
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this age of multicultural democracy, the idea of assimilation seems outdated and, in some forms, even offensive. But as Richard Alba and Victor Nee show in the first systematic treatment of assimilation since the mid-1960s, it continues to shape the immigrant experience. Surveying a variety of domains--language, socioeconomic attachments, residential patterns, and intermarriage--they demonstrate the continuing importance of assimilation in American life.
"Synopsis" by , 2005 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society
"Synopsis" by , 2004 Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award, International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association
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