Disentangling Race-Gender Work Experiences

Nancy Lopez

in Gender and U.S. Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225619
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929869 | DOI:
Disentangling Race-Gender Work Experiences

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This chapter studies how the real work experiences of second-generation Caribbean young adults influence their views on the role of education in their lives. The first section discusses the segmented assimilation theory and racial formation theory. It also introduces the race–gender experience theory, which can be used to understand the racial(ized) and gender(ed) experiences of the second generation in modern U.S. society. The second section of the chapter looks at the work experiences of second-generation Caribbean men and women, and describes this against the backdrop of a changing New York economy. The chapter references the life histories of the second generation, which reveal that men and women had rather different experiences in the labor market, which led to significant changes in their views about education.

Keywords: work experiences; second generation; education; segmented assimilation theory; racial formation theory; race–gender experience; life histories

Chapter.  9610 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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