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EthnicitiesChildren of Immigrants in America$
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Ruben Rumbaut

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230118

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230118.001.0001

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The Forging of a New America: Lessons for Theory and Policy

(p.301) Chapter 10 Conclusion

Alejandro Portes

Rubén G. Rumbaut

University of California Press

This chapter explores the principal findings reported in the analyses of particular groups, and reflects on their implications for theory and policy in the forging of a new America. It discusses the two general theories, or metaphors, that for so long have dominated the discourse on the fate of immigrants in America: assimilation and ethnic pluralism. The chapter argues that there is no single assimilation path detectable in the second generation, and examines the different barriers to successful adaptation created by the host society which are faced by the second-generation children.

Keywords:   new America, immigrants, assimilation, ethnic pluralism, assimilation path, adaptation, second-generation children

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