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Progress, Decline, Stagnation?

Min Zhou

in Strangers at the Gates

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230927.003.0008
Progress, Decline, Stagnation?

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This chapter discusses the prospects of mobility for today's second generation. It determines that, in general, the second generation is exceeding the first on a number of indicators, such as high-school graduation rates. The chapter argues that ethnicity seems to be exerting its own effect, by accelerating upward progress for some while preventing mobility for others. Based on this argument, the discussion casts some doubt on the scenario of second generation decline. However, the author cautions that the population is diverse, which is evident in the mobility patterns. The chapter shows that groups which maintain a distinctive identity and social structures that promote continued cohesion have advantages in getting ahead.

Keywords: mobility; second generation; ethnicity; decline; diverse population; mobility patterns; distinctive identity; social structures

Chapter.  10160 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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