Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America (Hardback)Nancy Foner (editor)
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Immigrants and their American-born children represent about one quarter of the United States population. Drawing on rich, in-depth ethnographic research, the fascinating case studies in Across Generations examine the intricacies of relations between the generations in a broad range of immigrant groups-from Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa-and give a sense of what everyday life is like in immigrant families.
Moving beyond the cliche of the children of immigrants engaging in pitched battles against tradition-bound parents from the old country, these vivid essays offer a nuanced view that brings out the ties that bind the generations as well as the tensions that divide them. Tackling key issues like parental discipline, marriage choices, educational and occupational expectations, legal status, and transnational family ties, Across Generations brings crucial insights to our understanding of the United States as a nation of immigrants.
Contributors: Leisy Abrego, JoAnn D'Alisera, Joanna Dreby, Yen Le Espiritu, Greta Gilbertson, Nazli Kibria, Cecilia Menjivar, Jennifer E. Sykes, Mary C. Waters, and Min Zhou.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
"Across Generations is effective . . . in providing a new depth and dimension to immigrants. With a rare glimpse into immigrant family life, Across Generations captures the voices of people who are straddling two worlds and two generations."
"Throws a brilliant light on one of the most hidden aspects of the immigrant experience-namely, the private but absolutely crucial relationships in the home between immigrant parents and their U.S.-reared children."
--Richard Alba,co-editor of Immigration and Religion in America
"Across Generations offers an excellent entry into family dynamics that include grandparents, parents, and children as well as a span of first-, second- and third-generation immigrants."-Mary Romero,Journal of American Ethnic History
"This powerful volume brings together scholarship on immigrant parents and their children by some of the most original thinkers in the field."
--Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo,author of God's Heart Has No Borders
"This timely and enlightening volume opens a window on immigrant families from a wide range of countries and cultures, and vividly explores the nature of relationships between parents and children growing up between two worlds."
--Ruben G. Rumbaut,co-author of Immigrant America
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