Immigration and Education in North Carolina

The Challenges and Responses in a New Gateway State

  • Xue Lan Rong
  • Jeremy Hilburn

Part of the Breakthroughs in the Sociology of Education book series (FAAI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Demographic Context and Historical Backgrounds of Immigration and Education in North Carolina

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Xue Lan Rong, Jeremy Hilburn, Wenyang Sun
      Pages 3-24
  3. Immigration, Immigrants, Schools and Communities in North Carolina

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Matthew Green, Krista M. Perreira, Linda K. Ko
      Pages 53-80
    3. Kate R. Allman
      Pages 81-102
    4. Hillary Parkhouse, Emily Freeman
      Pages 125-148
    5. Juan Carrillo
      Pages 149-163
  4. Language Education and the Translinguistic Community

About this book


"Fourth-wave immigration, with its vast economic, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious diversities, have brought new dynamics into the existing social and demographic structures and added both opportunities and challenges to educational systems in North Carolina, a Southern U.S. state with the fastest growing rate of foreign-born population in the nation in 1990-2010 and unique geopolitical history.
This book brings together 17 scholars who have extensive experience working with immigrants in North Carolina and represent a wide range of educational expertise. Together, their studies illustrate the intersections between historical contexts (geopolitical, historical constraints), structural factors (power, policies and laws, institutions and organization), cultural issues (philosophies, ideologies, identities, beliefs, values, and traditions), and immigrant students’ characteristics on the development of educational practices, policies, reforms, and resistance.
Most importantly, studying how North Carolina education systems and actors adapt to meet the challenges may offer valuable opportunities for researchers to understand the transformation of educational systems in other new gateway states. Collectively, studies in this book deconstruct the framework of the traditional hierarchical assimilation and linguisticism policies in recasting the concept of becoming Americans in the New South. The authors utilize frameworks that recognize the structural barriers that disadvantage immigrants in new gateway states but also position youth, families, and communities as possessing and utilizing valuable resources to promote educational access and achievement. In this sense, this book contributes significantly to major contemporary empirical and theoretical debates relating to educating immigrant children. It is our hope that this critical dialogue will continue at a national platform to promote discussion of these timely issues."



Fourth-wave immigration North Carolina K12 education Higher education New gateway state Community organizations Language education & translinguistic

Editors and affiliations

  • Xue Lan Rong
    • 1
  • Jeremy Hilburn
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA
  2. 2.University of North Carolina WilmingtonUSA

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