The Resource Brokered boundaries : creating immigrant identity in anti-immigrant times, Douglas S. Massey and Magaly Sánchez R

Brokered boundaries : creating immigrant identity in anti-immigrant times, Douglas S. Massey and Magaly Sánchez R

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Brokered boundaries : creating immigrant identity in anti-immigrant times
Title
Brokered boundaries
Title remainder
creating immigrant identity in anti-immigrant times
Statement of responsibility
Douglas S. Massey and Magaly Sánchez R
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Language
eng
Summary
Anti-immigrant sentiment reached a fever pitch after 9/11, but its origins go back much further. Public rhetoric aimed at exposing a so-called invasion of Latino immigrants has been gaining ground for more than three decades, and fueling increasingly restrictive federal immigration policy. Accompanied by a flagging U.S. economy, record-level joblessness, bankruptcy, and income inequality, as well as waning consumer confidence, these conditions signaled one of the most hostile environments for immigrants in recent memory. In this book the authors untangle the complex political, social, and economic conditions underlying the rise of xenophobia in U.S. society. The book draws on in-depth interviews with Latin American immigrants in metropolitan New York and Philadelphia and, in their own words and images, reveals what life is like for immigrants attempting to integrate in anti-immigrant times. What do the social categories "Latino" and "American" actually mean to today's immigrants? This book analyzes how first and second generation immigrants from Central and South America and the Caribbean navigate these categories and their associated meanings as they make their way through U.S. society. The authors argue that the mythos of immigration, in which newcomers gradually shed their respective languages, beliefs, and cultural practices in favor of a distinctly American way of life, is, in reality, a process of negotiation between new arrivals and native-born citizens. Natives control interactions with outsiders by creating institutional, social, psychological, and spatial mechanisms that delimit immigrants' access to material resources and even social status. Immigrants construct identities based on how they perceive and respond to these social boundaries. The authors make clear that today's Latino immigrants are brokering boundaries in the context of unprecedented economic uncertainty, repressive anti-immigrant legislation, and a heightening fear that upward mobility for immigrants translates into downward mobility for the native-born. Despite an absolute decline in Latino immigration, immigration-related statutes have tripled in recent years, including many that further shred the safety net for legal permanent residents as well as the undocumented. This book shows that although Latin American immigrants come from many different countries, their common reception in a hostile social environment produces an emergent Latino identity soon after arrival. During anti-immigrant times, however, the longer immigrants stay in America, the more likely they are to experience discrimination and the less likely they are to identify as Americans
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Massey, Douglas S
Dewey number
305.9/069120973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JV6465
LC item number
.M27 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Sánchez, Magaly
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  • Immigrants
  • Assimilation (Sociology)
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Assimilation (Sociology)
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Immigrants
  • United States
  • United States
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Brokered boundaries : creating immigrant identity in anti-immigrant times, Douglas S. Massey and Magaly Sánchez R
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-291) and index
Contents
Constructing immigrant identity -- Roots and motivations -- The rise of anti-immigrant times -- World of work -- Dreams and disappointments -- Transnational options -- Verbalizing identity -- Visualizing identity -- Identity, integration, and the future
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
305 p.
Isbn
9780871545800
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010004027
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)475441729
Label
Brokered boundaries : creating immigrant identity in anti-immigrant times, Douglas S. Massey and Magaly Sánchez R
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-291) and index
Contents
Constructing immigrant identity -- Roots and motivations -- The rise of anti-immigrant times -- World of work -- Dreams and disappointments -- Transnational options -- Verbalizing identity -- Visualizing identity -- Identity, integration, and the future
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
305 p.
Isbn
9780871545800
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010004027
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)475441729

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