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Second Generation Decline? Children of Immigrants, Past and Present-a Reconsideration

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Perlmann,Joel (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Winter 1997
uk: Blackwell
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Social classes, Population studies, Race awareness, Emigrants and immigration, Assimilation (sociology)
Is the contemporary second generation on the road to the upward mobility and assimilation that in retrospect characterized the second generation of earlier immigrations? Or are the American economic context and the racial origins of today's immigration likely to result in a much less favorable future for the contemporary second generation? While several recent papers have argued for the latter position, we suspect they are too pessimistic. We briefly review the Second generation upward mobility in the past and then turn to the crucial comparisons between past and present. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR];