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Strangers among us : How Latino immigration is transforming America / Roberto Suro.

Suro, Roberto (Author).



Strangers Among Us is an examination of Latino immigration to the United States - its history, the vast transformations it is fast producing in American society, and the challenges it will present for decades to come. He tells the stories of a number of large Latino communities, linked in a chronological narrative that starts with the Puerto Rican migration to East Harlem in the 1950s and continues through the California-bound rush of Mexicans and Central Americans in the 1990s. He takes us into the world of Mexican-American gang members; Guatemalan Mayas in suburban Houston; Cuban businessmen in Miami; Dominican bodega owners in New York. We see people who represent a unique transnationalism and a new form of immigrant assimilation - foreigners who come from close by and visit home frequently, so that they virtually live in two lands. Looking to the future, we see clearly that the sheer number of Latino newcomers will force the United States to develop new means of managing relations among diverse ethnic groups and of creating economic opportunity for all. But we also see a catalog of conflict and struggle: Latinos in confrontation with blacks; Latinos wrestling with the strain of illegal immigration on their communities; Latinos fighting the backlash that is denying legal immigrants access to welfare programs. Critical both of incoherent government policies and of the failures of minority-group advocacy, the author proposes solutions of his own, including a rejection of illegal immigration by Latinos themselves paired with government efforts to deter unlawful journeys into the United States, and a new emphasis on English-language training as an aid to successful assimilation.

Item details

  • ISBN: 0679420924 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780679420927 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: viii, 349 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-333) and index.
Subject: Hispanic Americans > History > 20th century.
Immigrants > United States > History > 20th century.
Hispanic Americans > Social conditions.
Hispanic Americans > history.
Emigration and Immigration > history > United States.
Acculturation > United States.
Sozioƶkonomischer Wandel.
Latin America > Emigration and immigration > History > 20th century.
United States > Emigration and immigration > History > 20th century.

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