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The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration since 1965 / Edition 1

The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration since 1965 / Edition 1

by Mary C. Waters, Reed UedaMary C. Waters
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Salsa has replaced ketchup as the most popular condiment. A mosque has been erected around the corner. The local hospital is staffed by Indian doctors and Philippine nurses, and the local grocery store is owned by a Korean family. A single elementary school may include students who speak dozens of different languages at home. This is a snapshot of America at the turn of the twenty-first century.

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, shaped by successive waves of new arrivals. The most recent transformation began when immigration laws and policies changed significantly in 1965, admitting migrants from around the globe in new numbers and with widely varying backgrounds and aspirations.

This comprehensive guide, edited and written by an interdisciplinary group of prominent scholars, provides an authoritative account of the most recent surge of immigrants. Twenty thematic essays address such topics as immigration law and policy, refugees, unauthorized migrants, racial and ethnic identity, assimilation, nationalization, economy, politics, religion, education, and family relations. These are followed by comprehensive articles on immigration from the thirty most significant nations or regions of origin. Based on the latest U.S. Census data and the most recent scholarly research, The New Americans is an essential reference for students, scholars, and anyone curious about the changing face of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674023574
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/30/2007
Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library , #15
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mary C. Waters is M. E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

Reed Ueda is Professor of History at Tufts University and author of Postwar Immigrant America.

Helen B. Marrow is a Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University.

Table of Contents


Mary C. Waters and Reed Ueda

Immigration in Global Historical Perspective

Reed Ueda

Immigration Control Policy: Law and Implementation

Aristide R. Zolberg

Citizenship and Nationality Policy

Peter H. Schuck


David W. Haines

Unauthorized Migration

Frank D. Bean

Settlement Patterns in Metropolitan America

John R. Logan

Ethnic and Racial Identity

Herbert J. Gans

Intermarriage and Multiple Identities

Joel Perlmann and Mary C. Waters

Transforming Foreigners into Americans

Roger Waldinger


Ewa Morawska

Pluralism and Group Relations

Jennifer L. Hochschild

Immigrants and the Economy

Neeraj Kaushal, Cordelia W. Reimers, and David Reimers

Ethnic Politics

Michael Jones-Correa

Ethnic Media

K. Viswanath and Karen Ka-man Lee

Religious and Cultural Institutions

Diana L. Eck


David Lopez and Vanesa Estrada


Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

Gender and Family

Patricia R. Pessar

The Second Generation

Nancy Foner and Philip Kasinitz

Africa: West

Marilyn Halter

Africa: East

Abdi Kusow

Africa: South Africa and Zimbabwe

Helen B. Marrow


Donna R. Gabaccia

Central America

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla and Nora Hamilton

China: People's Republic of China

Xiao-huang Yin

China: Outside the People's Republic of China

Jennifer Holdaway


Luis Eduardo Guarnizo and Marilyn Espitia


Lisandro Pérez

Dominican Republic

Peggy Levitt

El Salvador

Cecilia Menjívar

Europe: Western

Donna R. Gabaccia

Europe: Central and Southeastern

Simone Ispa-Landa


Lisa Konczal and Alex Stepick


Karen Isaksen Leonard


Mehdi Bozorgmehr


Milton Vickerman


Pyong Gap Min


Albert M. Camarillo

Middle East

Steven J. Gold and Mehdi Bozorgmehr

Pacific: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa

Cathy A. Small

Pacific: Japan, Australia, New Zealand

Nana Oishi


Catherine Ceniza Choy


Mary Patrice Erdmans


Steven J. Gold

South America

Helen B. Marrow

South Asia

Nazli Kibria

Southeast Asia

Carl L. Bankston III and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo

United Kingdom

Wendy D. Roth


Rubén G. Rumbaut

West Indies

Calvin B. Holder

Appendix: Immigration and Naturalization Legislation




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