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Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives By David W. Haines

Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives by David W. Haines

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An introduction to the United States as a nation of immigrants and to the full complexities, challenges, and triumphs of the lives of those immigrants. Evokes both the United States experience and the implications of human mobility in an interconnected world.

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Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives: An Introduction to the US Experience by David W. Haines

Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives provides a concise, comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to United States immigration and immigrants. The book is presented in two parts. Part I addresses the history, structure, dynamics, and politics of United States immigration from colonial times to the present. Part II focuses on the lives of immigrants with separate chapters examining the immigrant struggle simply to live, the challenges and opportunities of work in America, the different beliefs and commitments that fortify immigrants in their new lives, and the many different ways in which immigrants come to belong in the United States. The introduction and epilogue bracket the United States experience within a broader consideration of human mobility and current global migration trends and issues. Tables, case examples, and a timeline help illuminate both the general shape of immigration and the details of immigrant life. This text is accompanied by an ancillary package of digital tables and illustrations in order to enhance the learning experience of both the instructors and students.

Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives Reviews

In an era when immigration in the United States is hotly debated, Haines has provided us with a provocative, theoretically informed, conceptually rigorous, and ethnographically rich overview of US immigration from past to present. His approach, which situates US immigration within a broader framework of human mobility, is multidimensional, cross-disciplinary, and comparative. The clarity of his writing makes this an excellent volume for classroom use as well as for the general reader who, in particular, may find the chapter focused on migration politics and policies especially illuminating -- Caroline B. Brettell, Southern Methodist University
Haines communicates an especially rich, humane and detailed understanding of international migration in a concise, compelling and elegantly written book. Drawing on years of scholarship, teaching and personal experience, he is able to integrate key points from a range of disciplines and perspectives, stressing both unique and common elements associated with what has become a key issue of our time. -- Steven J. Gold, professor of sociology, Michigan State University
Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives gives a great overview of much of past and present immigration to the U.S. Haines does this in a very accessible way and by providing diverse case comparisons of different immigrant and refugee groups. -- Bernadette Ludwig, PhD, assistant professor of Sociology, Wagner College

About David W. Haines

David Haines is Professor Emeritus at George Mason University. His academic work includes several edited volumes on immigrants and refugees in the United States, and numerous articles on migration, governance, and kinship. Recent books include: Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America; Wind over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context (co-edited with Keiko Yamanaka and Shinji Yamashita); and the 2nd edition of An Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology. He has been teaching courses on immigrants and refugees for nearly two decades and is a recipient of his university's teaching excellence award. He is also a former president of the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) and current Co-President of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP).

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Humanity on the Move Human Mobility Movement and Migration, Barriers and Borders Organization of the Book A Note on Tables Part I The United States and Immigration Chapter 1: A World of Migrants, a Nation of Immigrants Chapter 2: The Reopening of the United States: Refugees and Immigrants Chapter 3: Migration Politics and Policies Part II Immigrants and the United States Chapter 4: To Live: Moving Forward but Looking Back Chapter 5: To Work: Great Opportunities but Heavy Costs Chapter 6: To Believe: Hopes, Dreams, and Commitments Chapter 7: To Belong: Assimilation, Adaptation, and Accommodation Epilogue: Beyond Immigration Timeline: US Immigration Contexts, Events, and Legislation Notes Further Sources

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Immigration Structures and Immigrant Lives: An Introduction to the US Experience by David W. Haines
Rowman & Littlefield
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