Massey, Douglas and Sánchez R., Magaly (2009): Restrictive Immigration Policies and Latino Immigrant Identity in the United States. Published in: Human Development Research Paper (HDRP) Series , Vol. 43, No. 2009
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The United States is presently characterized by rising anti-immigrant sentiment, repressive immigration enforcement, and the negative framing of Latinos as threatening and undesirable. As a result, social boundaries between immigrants and natives have hardened and boundary crossing has become more difficult. Under these circumstances, the prediction of classical assimilation theory is turned on its head: the more time that immigrants spend in the United States and the more contact they have with Americans and American society, the more aware they become of the harsh realities of prejudice and discrimination and the more they come to experience the rampant inequalities of the secondary labor market. Rather than ideologically assimilating, therefore, the greater their experience in the United States, the more likely immigrants are to express a reactive ethnicity that rejects the label “American.” Our work suggests that the greatest threat to the successful assimilation of immigrants comes not from foreign involvements or transnational loyalties, but from the rejection, exclusion, and discrimination that immigrants experience in the United States.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Restrictive Immigration Policies and Latino Immigrant Identity in the United States|
|Keywords:||Immigration, Exclusion, Discrimination, Latinos, Identity|
|Subjects:||Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O15 - Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
|Date Deposited:||13. Dec 2009 07:10|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 22:50|
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