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The Children of Immigrants at School: A Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe

Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway


This book explores the twenty-first-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. This book brings 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. The chapters conclude that edu ... More

Keywords: immigration, second generation, low-status immigrant groups, children, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814760949
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814760949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Alba, editor

Jennifer Holdaway, editor

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Front Matter

Chapter One The Integration Imperative

Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway

Chapter Two Educating the Children of Immigrants in Old and New Amsterdam

Maurice Crul, Jennifer Holdaway, Helga A.G. de Valk, Norma Fuentes and Mayida Zaal

Chapter Three Different Systems, Similar Results

Margaret Gibson, Silvia Carrasco, Jordi Pàmies, Maribel Ponferrada and Anne Ríos-Rojas

Chapter Four Second-Generation Attainment and Inequality

Mary C. Waters, Anthony Heath, Van C. Tran and Vikki Boliver

Chapter Five How Similar Educational Inequalities Are Constructed in Two Different Systems, France and the United States

Richard Alba, Roxane Silberman, Dalia Abdelhady, Yaël Brinbaum, and Amy Lutz

Chapter Six Promising Practices

Carola Suárez-Orozco, Margary Martin, Mikael Alexandersson, L. Janelle Dance and Johannes Lunneblad

Chapter Seven The Children of Immigrants at School

Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway