Patricia Fernández-Kelly and Sara Curran

in Ethnicities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230118
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927513 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the case of Nicaraguan migrants in the United States as an ideal type reflecting distinctive forces and outcomes in areas of destination. It claims that, contrary to accounts which privilege culture to explain variations in immigrant adaptation, it is the context of reception that determines the kinds of adjustments newcomers must make to survive. The chapter argues in favor of a dynamic definition of ethnicity that simultaneously emphasizes the narratives accounting for a shared experience and the material context in which those accounts are deployed. It discusses the origins and characteristics of Nicaraguan migrants, and then presents information about the context of reception and its effects on settlement and adaptation. The chapter explains the effects that early experiences after migration are having on Nicaraguan children, and examines the ways in which second-generation Nicaraguans are redefining their collective identity.

Keywords: Nicaraguans; United States; immigrant adaptation; ethnicity; migrants

Chapter.  9639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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