How to Study the Postwar Migrant

in Puerto Rican Citizen

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226796086
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226796109 | DOI:
How to Study the Postwar Migrant

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Research on Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the late 1940s and '50s was animated by the “spirit of reform,” which generated important but not always clear connections between social scientists and the staffs of the growing social service sector dealing with Puerto Rican migrants. But since much of the social science research relating to Puerto Ricans in this period dealt with island issues, social workers and educators in New York organized quickly to fill the void, conducting their own surveys and research to aid in their work with migrants in New York. Bolstered by academic work on the importance of the migration to island development, and by the flurry of interest in their client base, the cadre of educators and social workers who served Puerto Ricans grew exponentially in the early years of the postwar migration.

Keywords: Puerto Rican migrants; New York city; Puerto Rican communities; educators; social workers

Chapter.  14089 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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