Chapter

The Ever-Winding Path

John Mollenkopf, Mary C. Waters, Jennifer Holdaway and Philip Kasinitz

in On the Frontier of Adulthood

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780226748894
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748924.003.0014
The Ever-Winding Path

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The rapid pace of immigration over the past four decades has led to one out of every ten people living in the United States being foreign born, with another one in ten having an immigrant parent. These first and second-generation immigrants have settled mainly in the largest central cities of the most populous states. This trend poses the question of how the rising number of immigrants and their children may be affecting the ways in which young people—whether immigrants, children of immigrants, or children of native-born parents—may be making the transition into young adulthood. This chapter examines how young people with immigrant parents negotiate adult transitions in comparison with children of native parents with the same race, ethnicity, and gender. It focuses on New York and includes people whose parents migrated from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia, comparing them to those with native white, black, and Puerto Rican parents.

Keywords: immigration; New York; immigrants; young people; adulthood; adult transitions; race; ethnicity; gender; Latin America

Chapter.  17067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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