Children of Immigrants

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309172974
Format: PDF, ePub
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Immigrant children and youth are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and so their prospects bear heavily on the well-being of the country. Children of Immigrants represents some of the very best and most extensive research efforts to date on the circumstances, health, and development of children in immigrant families and the delivery of health and social services to these children and their families. This book presents new, detailed analyses of more than a dozen existing datasets that constitute a large share of the national system for monitoring the health and well-being of the U.S. population. Prior to these new analyses, few of these datasets had been used to assess the circumstances of children in immigrant families. The analyses enormously expand the available knowledge about the physical and mental health status and risk behaviors, educational experiences and outcomes, and socioeconomic and demographic circumstances of first- and second-generation immigrant children, compared with children with U.S.-born parents.


Author: Carola Suárez-Orozco
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814770177
Format: PDF
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Immigration to the United States has reached historic numbers— 25 percent of children under the age of 18 have an immigrant parent, and this number is projected to grow to one in three by 2050. These children have become a significant part of our national tapestry, and how they fare is deeply intertwined with the future of our nation. Immigrant children and the children of immigrants face unique developmental challenges. Navigating two distinct cultures at once, immigrant-origin children have no expert guides to lead them through the process. Instead, they find themselves acting as guides for their parents. How are immigrant children like all other children, and how are they unique? What challenges as well as what opportunities do their circumstances present for their development? What characteristics are they likely to share because they have immigrant parents, and what characteristics are unique to specific groups of origin? How are children of first-generation immigrants different from those of second-generation immigrants? Transitions offers comprehensive coverage of the field’s best scholarship on the development of immigrant children, providing an overview of what the field needs to know—or at least systematically begin to ask—about the immigrant child and adolescent from a developmental perspective. This book takes an interdisciplinary perspective to consider how personal, social, and structural factors interact to determine a variety of trajectories of development. The editors have curated contributions from experts across a carefully selected variety of topics covering ecologies, processes, and outcomes of development pertinent to immigrant origin children.

Children of Immigrants in a Globalized World

Author: Enzo Colombo
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1137005289
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Drawing on in-depth empirical case studies with youths from across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and America, this book explores the lives of adolescent children of immigrants; those who, endowed with high cultural capital, are living the generational experience of growing up in a post-industrial, globalized and interconnected world. Although they face specific social constraints, this generation is also developing new skills such as managing ambivalence and multiple belongings, shifting codes and languages and claiming new forms of participation in social life. Accustomed to moving from one context to another, these children learn to use difference, equality, belonging, loyalty and identification in complex ways to help further their own personal opportunities. This book argues that one can view the diverse experiences of these young people more broadly to help shed light on the everyday social processes that are affecting contemporary youth as a whole.

Inventing Modern Adolescence

Author: Sarah E. Chinn
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 081354310X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The 1960s are commonly considered to be the beginning of a distinct "teenage culture" in America. But did this highly visible era of free love and rock 'n' roll really mark the start of adolescent defiance? In Inventing Modern Adolescence Sarah E. Chinn follows the roots of American teenage identity further back, to the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. She argues that the concept of the "generation gap"--a stereotypical complaint against American teens--actually originated with the division between immigrant parents and their American-born or -raised children. Melding a uniquely urban immigrant sensibility with commercialized consumer culture and a youth-oriented ethos characterized by fun, leisure, and overt sexual behavior, these young people formed a new identity that provided the framework for today's concepts of teenage lifestyle.Addressing the intersecting issues of urban life, race, gender, sexuality, and class consciousness, Inventing Modern Adolescence is an authoritative and engaging look at a pivotal point in American history and the intriguing, complicated, and still very pertinent teenage identity that emerged from it.

Growing Up Hispanic

Author: Nancy Landale
Publisher: Urban Inst Press
ISBN: 9780877667636
Format: PDF
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"With one in five children in the United States today being raised by immigrant parents, understanding the conditions that foster or impede their success is a top priority for both social science research and public policy. Growing Up Hispanic cogently weaves together a remarkable group of interdisciplinary studies that shed new light on the experiences of Hispanic children in immigrant families. Covering such topics as cultural diversity, family relationships, and the larger contextual influences that shape child outcomes, this volume will become a standard reference."-Emilio A. Parrado, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania ""Growing Up Hispanic represents a valuable addition to the growing literature on the experiences of Latino immigrants to the United States. The book brings together prominent scholars from different disciplines to discuss four topics relevant to Latino children, :their neighborhoods, families, schools, and experiences with the health care system. Strengths include the comprehensive coverage, interdisciplinary approach, timeliness of the topic, and explicit attention to research and policy considerations."-Marcela Raffaelli, Professor, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "This is one of those rare books that captures the big picture. Growing Up Hispanic brings together eminent experts who document a disconcerting disjunction between the high hopes and aspirations of Hispanic immigrant families and the often forbidding economic, educational, health, and social challenges they face. Every chapter presents the most up-to-date social science research along with thoughtful and detailed policy recommendations. By delving deeply into the lives of Hispanic families, Growing Up Hispanic shows why their future prospects are of crucial consequence to American society as a whole."-Lene Arnett Jensen, Associate Professor, Clark University, and Author Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology "Timely and well writtenùprominent scholars discuss several major social, family, and individual issues (immigration, neighborhoods, health, education, language) facing Latinos in the United States. The end product is a compendium of provocative, state-of-the-art findings, theories, and social policy and service recommendations."-Gustavo Carlo, Carl A. Happold Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Associate Editor, Developmental Psychology "Growing Up Hispanic should be of considerable value to researchers and policymakers concerned with the future of children and youth in Hispanic immigrant families. It is well organized around major themes of social context, structures, and processes related to adaptation, schooling effects, and health disparities. The volume identifies gaps in knowledge and directions for future research while supplying a range of perspectives on the issues."-Mary J. Levitt, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Florida International University


Author: Rubén G. Rumbaut
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520230125
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"Ethnicities is a timely and important book. Rumbaut and Portes have brought together a group of stimulating essays by leading scholars in immigration studies that deal with issues at the heart of debates about the new second generation. From Mexicans to Vietnamese and Haitians, the essays show how the children of immigrants in diverse groups are faring and, in different ways, "becoming American." This volume is sure to become a standard reference for future research in the field."--Nancy Foner, author of From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration "The authors take the reader on an instructive cross country journey to understand the newest immigrants and their children. Ethnicities fills a big gap in the sociological portrait of today's American mosaic."--Herbert Gans, author of The War Against the Poor "This pathbreaking book, rich in new data and incisive analyses, is the first to bring together a collection of studies of the second generation's diverse origins, pathways, and challenges. Ethnicities will spark many lively discussions among my students, many of whom belong to this brave new second generation."--Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, author of Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence "This tightly focused collection makes it clear that the children of immigrants are key to understanding the nation's new immigrant experience. It reveals contradictory trends among, for example, Haitians, Filipinos, Cubans, Vietnamese, and Mexicans, such as high praise for American society along with increased reports of discrimination. This book contributes significantly to major empirical and theoretical debates."--Rodolfo O. de la Garza, co-author of Making Americans, Remaking America "Remarkably coherent, readable and insightful, this volume makes important contributions to theory, particularly in recasting the concept of assimilation. By combining survey data with interviews and historical background, Ethnicities (and its companion, Legacies) provides a wealth of information about the long-term effects of contemporary immigration--examining what happens to the second and subsequent generations. It is both an exciting and a disturbing book."--Bryan R. Roberts, author of The Making of Citizens: Cities of Peasants Revisited

The Children of Immigrants at School

Author: Richard Alba
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814770428
Format: PDF
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The Children of Immigrants at School explores the 21st-century consequences of immigration through an examination of how the so-called second generation is faring educationally in six countries: France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States. In this insightful volume, Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway bring together a team of renowned social science researchers from around the globe to compare the educational achievements of children from low-status immigrant groups to those of mainstream populations in these countries, asking what we can learn from one system that can be usefully applied in another. Working from the results of a five-year, multi-national study, the contributors to The Children of Immigrants at School ultimately conclude that educational processes do, in fact, play a part in creating unequal status for immigrant groups in these societies. In most countries, the youth coming from the most numerous immigrant populations lag substantially behind their mainstream peers, implying that they will not be able to integrate economically and civically as traditional mainstream populations shrink. Despite this fact, the comparisons highlight features of each system that hinder the educational advance of immigrant-origin children, allowing the contributors to identify a number of policy solutions to help fix the problem. A comprehensive look at a growing global issue, The Children of Immigrants at School represents a major achievement in the fields of education and immigration studies.

Inheriting the City

Author: Philip Kasnitz
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780871544780
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From the publisher: Inheriting the City examines five immigrant groups to disentangle the complicated question of how they are faring relative to native-born groups, and how achievement differs between and within these groups. While some experts worry that these young adults would not do as well as previous waves of immigrants due to lack of high-paying manufacturing jobs, poor public schools, and an entrenched racial divide, Inheriting the City finds that the second generation is rapidly moving into the mainstream--speaking English, working in jobs that resemble those held by native New Yorkers their age, and creatively combining their ethnic cultures and norms with American ones. Far from descending into an urban underclass, the children of immigrants are using immigrant advantages to avoid some of the obstacles that native minority groups cannot.

When Children of Immigrants Are Left Behind

Author: Barbara Deotisis Luna De Acosta
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462064825
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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As a child, author Barbara Deotisis Luna De Acosta’s parents left her and her siblings behind and in the care of others while they pursued their dreams in America. Her story is one of a multitude of emotions and experiences, and she shares it all here. Her experience serves as a warning and a lesson for parents everywhere. She poses several key questions for parents who are considering immigrating and leaving their children behind: • Who will care for your children? • What kind of care will they receive? • What if something happens to the caregivers? Who will care for your children then? • How can you help your youngest children understand why you must leave them? • What is the emotional cost of your decision? • Is leaving your family behind worth it in the long run? For Barbara and her brothers, their new life was one of surprising fear—and more than a few magical adventures and scary monsters of everyday life. Theirs is a tale of both quiet patience and abandonment, of both unconditional love and neglect. She shares her experience openly and honestly, hoping to help other parents make a more informed decision when it comes to their families.