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Faculty Book: Philip Kasinitz and John H. Mollenkopf

Philip Kasinitz, John H. Mollenkopf, Mary C. Waters, Jennifer Holdaway

Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age
(Russel Sage Foundation; Harvard University Press, 2008)

Behind the contentious politics of immigration lies the question of how well new immigrants are becoming part of American society. To address this question, Inheriting the City draws on the results of a ground-breaking study of young adults of immigrant parents in metropolitan New York to provide a comprehensive look at their social, economic, cultural, and political lives. While some experts worry that these young adults would not do as well as previous waves of immigrants due to lack of high-paying manufacturing jobs, poor public schools, and an entrenched racial divide, Inheriting the City finds that the second generation is rapidly moving into the mainstream—speaking English, working in jobs that resemble those held by native New Yorkers their age, and creatively combining their ethnic cultures and norms with American ones. Philip Kasinitz is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. John H. Mollenkopf is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center. Mary C. Waters is M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Jennifer Holdaway is a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council.

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Submitted on: MAY 31, 2008

Category: Political Science, Sociology, Faculty Books