Alejandro Portes and Rubén G. Rumbaut

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 explores the principal findings reported in the analyses of particular groups, and reflects on their implications for theory and policy in the forging of a new America. It discusses the two general theories, or metaphors, that for so long have dominated the discourse on the fate of immigrants in America: assimilation and ethnic pluralism. The chapter argues that there is no single assimilation path detectable in the second generation, and examines the different barriers to successful adaptation created by the host society which are faced by the second-generation children.

Keywords: new America; immigrants; assimilation; ethnic pluralism; assimilation path; adaptation; second-generation children

Chapter.  6065 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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