If You Can Make It There…

Jennifer Holdaway

in Coming of Age in America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780520270923
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950184 | DOI:
If You Can Make It There…

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New York is an exceptional place to examine whether the transition to adulthood in the twenty-first century is marked by delay and diversity of paths. This chapter investigates the ways in which young people from different immigrant, racial, and ethnic backgrounds navigate the transition to adulthood in New York, the labor and housing markets, and the different norms and expectations that shape young adults' goals and behavior. Although the population of New York is remarkably diverse, the degree to which people of different ethnic groups actually interact with each other varies a good deal. The city is one of well-defined neighborhoods, and boundaries created by class, ethnic, and religious differences mean that people living in close proximity can lead quite separate lives. Some young people grow up surprisingly embedded in the class and ethnic cultures of their parents, with those norms and expectations almost constantly reinforced by their environment.

Keywords: New York; diversity; proximity; immigrant; adulthood

Chapter.  10975 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Population and Demography

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