Identity and the Second Generation
How Children of Immigrants Find Their Space
This book explores the social worlds of the children of immigrants. Based on rich ethnographic research, the contributors illustrate how these young people, the so-called second generation, construct and negotiate their lives. Ultimately, the driving question is profoundly important on a universal level: How do these young people construct an identity and a sense of belonging for themselves, and how do they deal with processes of inclusion and exclusion?
"Identity and the Second Generation paves the way to an acceptance of the position that does not stress assimilation, but shows how second-generation immigrant youth are forging transnational relationships and strategies that perpetuate language and cultural retention. There is much here that is relevant for immigration policy, especially since there are forces for change as well as retrenchment in both Europe and North America. First and foremost is changing the notion that the integration of immigrant communities, including the second generation, depends on assimilation rather than the possibility that dual or hybrid identities . . . can contribute to a vibrant twenty-first century nation-state."
--Louise Lamphere, from the Afterword
"This book is ready to become a central and important piece in the ongoing investigation and debates concerning migration and the children of migrants. There are really no other works that have the geographic breadth of this work."
--Jeffrey Cohen, coauthor of Cultures of Migration: The Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility