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Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means to Be Americanby Tamar Jacoby
Synopses & Reviews
In Reinventing the Melting Pot, twenty-one of the writers who have thought longest and hardest about immigration come together around a surprising consensus: yes, immigrant absorption still works-and given the number of newcomers arriving today, the nation's future depends on it. But it need not be incompatible with ethnic identity-and we as a nation need to find new ways to talk about and encourage becoming American. In the wake of 9/11 it couldn't be more important to help these newcomers find a way to fit in. Running through these essays is a single common theme: Although ethnicity plays a more important role now than ever before, today's newcomers can and will become Americans and enrich our national life-reinventing the melting pot and reminding us all what we have in common.
Twenty-four experts on the subject of immigration explore the latest wave of newcomers to American shores, comparing them to immigrants of old and wondering if they will assimilate as successfully as their predecessors. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
About the Author
Tamar Jacoby is a journalist formerly on staff at The New York Review of Books, Newsweek, and The New York Times, where she was deputy editor of the op-ed page. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, she writes frequently about race and other social issues for the The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Commentary, Dissent, and other publications.
Table of Contents
Then and now / Herbert J. Gansthe — American kaleidoscope, then and now / Stephan Thernstrom — Rediscovering the melting pot : still going strong — Nathan Glazer — Assimilation today: is one identity enough? / Roger Waldinger — The 21st century: an entirely new story / Victor Nee, Richard Albatoward — A new definition — The immigrant bargain / Peter D. Salins — The assimilation contract - endangered but still holding / Douglas S. Massey — The American side of the bargain: what works / Gregory Rodriguez — Mexican-Americans and the mestizo melting pot / Min Zhou — Assimilation, the Asian way / Alejandro Portes — For the second generation, one step at a time / Pete Hamill — The alloy of New York — Economics and politics / Joel Kotkin — Toward a post-ethnic economy / George J. Borjas — Economic assimilation: trouble ahead / Amitai Etzioni — Assimilation to the American creed / Peter Skerry --"This was our riot, too": political assimilation today — Race: the exception or the rule? / Stephen Steinberg — For immigrants - but not blacks / John McWhorter — Getting over identity — What it means to be American / Michael Barone — New Americans after September 11 / Stanley Crouch — Goose-loose blues for the melting pot / Gary Shteyngart — The new two-way street.
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