Immigrant Families

Immigrant Families

Description

Immigrant Families aims to capture the richness, complexity, and diversity that characterize contemporary immigrant families in the United States. In doing so, it reaffirms that the vast majority of people do not migrate as isolated individuals, but are members of families. There is no quintessential immigrant experience, as immigrants and their families arrive with different levels of economic, social, and cultural resources, and must navigate various social structures that shape how they fare. Immigrant Families highlights the hierarchies and inequities between and within immigrant families created by key axes of inequality such as legal status, social class, gender, and generation. Drawing on ethnographic, demographic, and historical scholarship, the authors highlight the transnational context in which many contemporary immigrant families live, exploring how families navigate care, resources, expectations, and aspirations across borders. Ultimately, the book analyzes how dynamics at the individual, family, and community levels shape the life chances and wellbeing of immigrants and their families. As the United States turns its attention to immigration as a critical social issue, Immigrant Families encourages students, scholars, and policy makers to center family in their discussions, thereby prioritizing the human and relational element of human mobility.

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Details

Author(s)
Cecilia Menjivar, Leisy J. Abrego
Format
Paperback | 200 pages
Dimensions
160 x 209 x 14mm | 320g
Publication date
14 Mar 2016
Publisher
Polity Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0745670164
ISBN13
9780745670164
Bestsellers rank
2,402,121