By Reuel R. Rogers
This publication examines the political habit of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in manhattan urban to reply to a well-recognized, yet nagging query approximately American democracy. Does racism nonetheless complicate or restrict the political integration styles of racial minorities within the usa? With the arriving of extraordinary numbers of immigrants from Asia, Latin the US, and the Caribbean during the last a number of a long time, there's cause once more to contemplate this question. the rustic is confronting the problem of incorporating a gradual, vast flow of non-white, non-European voluntary immigrants into the political procedure. Will racism make this strategy as tricky for those beginners because it did for African american citizens? The booklet concludes discrimination does intrude with the immigrants' adjustment to American political existence. yet their political innovations and strategic offerings within the face of this problem are unforeseen ones, now not expected via common debts within the political technology literature.
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Learning these rules, playing by them, or even challenging them is what it means to become a politically active American. This learning trajectory is at the heart of the political incorporation process and influences the outcomes researchers typically emphasize. How new groups pursue representation or secure policy benefits and whether they even pursue such goals depend on how this political learning process unfolds. Hence, this study focuses closely on the political incorporation process from the perspective of Afro-Caribbean immigrants, although it also considers outcome measures.
Finally, some Latino and Asian immigrants are making confident strides into the socioeconomic mainstream. In fact, some of these newcomers arrive on American shores with far more economic resources than earlier European immigrants had. Early-twentieth-century immigrants from Europe were predominantly poor and working class. Today’s immigrants, in contrast, show a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds: some exceed the average native-born American on individual-level resources, such as education, whereas others have higher rates of poverty than African Americans (Rumbaut 1999; Portes and Rumbaut 1996).
Add to this distinction again the fact that Asian immigrants are from a number of different countries, which may provide distinct cues on how to respond to discrimination in the United States, and simple analogies between them and African Americans collapse. Finally, some Latino and Asian immigrants are making confident strides into the socioeconomic mainstream. In fact, some of these newcomers arrive on American shores with far more economic resources than earlier European immigrants had. Early-twentieth-century immigrants from Europe were predominantly poor and working class.
Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation: Ethnicity, Exception, or Exit by Reuel R. Rogers