[Mary C. Waters] PDF Black Identities West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities Russell Sage Foundation Books Summary

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The story of West Indian immigrants to the United States is considered a great success Many of these adoptive citizens have prospered including General Colin Powell But Mary Waters tells a very different story about immigrants from the West Indies especially their childrenShe finds that when the immigrants first arrive their knowledge of English their skills and contacts their self respect and their optimistic assessment of American race relations facilitate their integration into the American economic structure Over time. An essential book for thinking about the complexities of black immigrant experience one whose ideas I turn to often Waters debunks a lot of popular myths including model minority

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Black Identities West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities Russell Sage Foundation Books

However the realities of American race relations begin to swamp their positive cultural values Persistent blatant racial discrimination soon undermines the openness to whites the immigrants have when they first arrive Discrimination in housing channels them into neighborhoods with inadeuate city services and high crime rates Inferior public schools undermine their hopes for their children's future Low wages and poor working conditions are no longer attractive for their children who use American and not Caribbean standards. Mary C Waters a white Brooklynite turned Harvard professor returns to her old neighborhood to do a study of West Indian immigrants and their assimilation into American society Sh

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To measure successUltimately the values that gained these first generation immigrants initial success a willingness to work hard a lack of attention to racism a desire for education an incentive to save are undermined by the realities of life in the United States In many families the hard won relative success of the parents is followed by the downward slide of their children Contrary to long held beliefs Waters finds those who resist Americanization are most likely to succeed economically especially in the second generatio. Solid heartfelt sociological study with a clear and largely valid seeming argument Unfortunately a bit dated at this point One wonders about the methodology but if one wondered a


5 thoughts on “Black Identities West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities Russell Sage Foundation Books

  1. says:

    An essential book for thinking about the complexities of black immigrant experience one whose ideas I turn to often Waters debunks a lot of popular myths including model minority myths offered by Sowell and sometimes subscribed to by West Indian immigrants themselves Some of Waters' observations have held up b

  2. says:

    Mary C Waters a white Brooklynite turned Harvard professor returns to her old neighborhood to do a study of West Indian immigrants and their assimilation into American society She interviews West Indian workers of all classes and occupations as well as their black and white co workers She also interviews West indian students in high school particularly those of the second and 15 generation those that had moved to the United States as fairly

  3. says:

    Solid heartfelt sociological study with a clear and largely valid seeming argument Unfortunately a bit dated at this point One wonde

  4. says:

    well written and interesting interview based study of racism and identity in New York among West Indian black American and white populations focusing on West Indian identities

  5. says:

    Good book A little long and in some places repetitive but otherwise an interesting look at race relations and immigration in America

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