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From Africa to AmericaReligion and Adaptation among Ghanaian Immigrants in New York$
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Moses O. Biney

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814786390

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814786390.001.0001

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Coming to America

Coming to America

Ghanaians and U. S. Immigration

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From Africa to America

Moses O. Biney

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Ghanaian migration to the United States within the context of American immigration policies and incorporation theories. It outlines the three main theories of immigrant incorporation into America—classical assimilation, multiculturalism, and segmented assimilation—and their implications for immigrant religious communities. It argues that the most important condition for the incorporation of immigrants into the United States is reception. Reception occurs on three levels: legal or governmental, societal, and communal (from the immigrant's group). Social integration is the most difficult for Ghanaians. Like most dark-skinned African and Caribbean people, Ghanaian immigrants are often discriminated against both socially and economically for the same reason—because they are black immigrants.

Keywords:   Ghanaian immigrants, American immigration policy, immigrant incorporation, classical assimilation, multiculturalism, segmented assimilation, reception

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