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Immigration and Integration in Urban Communities

, 336 pages

5 maps

May 2008



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Immigration and Integration in Urban Communities

Renegotiating the City

In nations across the globe, immigration policies have abandoned strategies of multiculturalism in favor of a "play the game by our rules or leave" mentality. Immigration and Integration in Urban Communities shows how immigrants negotiate with longtime residents over economic, political, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. Host communities are neither as static, nor migrants as passive, as assimilationist policies would suggest.

Drawing on anthropology, political science, sociology, and geography, and focusing on such diverse cities as Washington, D.C., Rome, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Munich, and Dallas, the contributors to this volume challenge both policy makers and academic analysts to reframe their discussions of urban migration, and to recognize the contemporary immigrant city as the dynamic, constantly shifting form of social organization it has become.

Lisa M. Hanley, former project associate with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, is now a Ph.D. candidate in city and regional planning at Cornell University. Blair A. Ruble is director of the Comparative Urban Studies Project and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the author of several books, most recently Creating Diversity Capital: Transnational Migrants in Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv. Allison M. Garland is the current project associate with the Comparative Urban Studies Project.

"The literature on urbanization is vast but I do not know of any works that focus on the city as the outcome of negotiating processes. In addition, this volume takes a comparative perspective providing examples from various parts of the world. It is a highly innovative and original contribution."

"These cases offer us better understanding of a variety of issues related to immigrant adaptation in different cities."

" Immigration and Integration in Urban Communities is a valuable resource for policy makers, academic analysts, and students on urban migration."

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