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The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective

Richard Alba and Mary C. Waters


One fifth of the population of the United States belongs to the immigrant or second generations. While the United States is generally thought of as the immigrant society par excellence, it now has a number of rivals in Europe. This book brings together studies from top immigration scholars to explore how the integration of immigrants affects the generations that come after. The chapters explore the early beginnings of the second generation in the United States and Western Europe, exploring the overall patterns of success of the second generation. While there are many striking similarities in t ... More

Keywords: labor immigrants, immigrant integration, second generations, immigrant groups, contemporary immigration, mainstream integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814707425
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814707425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Alba, editor

Mary C. Waters, editor

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1 Dimensions of Second-Generation Incorporation

Richard Alba and Mary C. Waters

I Starting Points

3 Early Childhood Education Programs

Donald J. Hernandez, Nancy A. Denton, and Suzanne Macartney

II Major Case Studies

5 Downward Assimilation and Mexican Americans

Richard Alba, Dalia Abdel-Hady, Tariqul Islam, and Karen Marotz

6 School Qualifications of Children of Immigrant Descent in Switzerland

Rosita Fibbi, Mathias Lerch, and Philippe Wanner

III The Role of Local Context

11 “I Will Never Deliver Chinese Food”

Philip Kasinitz, Noriko Matsumoto and Aviva Zeltzer-Zubida

IV In Closing: Comparative Studies