As the best single-source collection of classic and contemporary readings on the subject, this anthology will be a valuable reference to scholars of immigration, race and ethnicity, national identity, and the history of ideas, and indispensable for courses in history and the social sciences dealing with these topics.' Ruben G. Rumbaut, co-author of Immigrant America: A Portrait and Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation Societies today are increasingly characterized by their ethnic, racial, and religious diversity. One key question raised by the global migration of people is how they do or do not come to be incorporated into their new social environments. For over a century, assimilation has been the concept used in explaining the processes of immigrant incorporation into a new society. It has also been applied to indigenous peoples, to refugees, and to involuntary migrants caught up in the slave trade. Assimilation has confronted many scholarly challenges which were often intermeshed with particular political agendas. This book allows readers to obtain a clearer sense of the canonical formulation of assimilation theory and an understanding of the key themes and issues contained in current efforts to rethink and revise the classical perspective for today's changing world.
Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTION. The Revival of Assimilation in Historical Perspective. II. THE CLASSICAL FORMULATION. Racial Assimilation in Secondary Groups With Particular Reference to the Negro. The American Ethnic Group. Assimilation into the Larger Society. American Immigrant Groups: Ethnic Identification and the Problem of Generations. The Nature of Assimilation. III. ASSIMILATION REVISTED. The Melting and the Pot: Assimilation and Variety in American Life. Is Assimilation Dead? In Defense of the Assimilation Model. Toward a Reconciliation of "Assimilation" and "Pluralism". Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Assimilation but Were Afraid to Ask. Assimilation and Dissimilation. Race, Religion, and Nationality in American Society: A Model of Ethnicity-From Contact to Assimilation. IV. NEW DIRECTIONS. The New Second Generation: Segmented Assimilation and Its Variants. New Assimilation Theory. The Political Structure of a Multicultural Society. The Theory and Practice of Immigrant Multiculturalism. Migration and Community Formation under Conditions of Globalization. Social Spaces, Transnational Immigrant Communities, and the Politics of Incorporation. Immigrant Transnationalism and Assimilation: A Variety of Combinations and the Analytic Strategy It Suggests. Theorizing the "Modes of Incorporation": Assimilation, Hyphenization, and Multiculturalism as Varieties of Civic Participation.