Immigrant Transnationalism and Assimilation: A Variety of Combinations and the Analytic Strategy it Suggests
Studies of the “new transnationalism” and the assimilation of immigrants and their children into the host society — the two major concerns informing American studies of immigration and ethnicity since the early 1990s — have developed parallel to rather than in a dialogue with each other. In the prevailing view the development of “transnational spaces” as the habitat of contemporary immigrants either deanchors them from both sender and receiver societies or produces “bifocal” identities and commitments — an in-vogue but vague concept in need of empirical testing. (See, e.g., Vertovec and Cohen 1999; Kearney 1995 for the former approach and Rouse 1992; Portes 1999 for the latter.) The few empirical studies that recognize both home- and host-country engagements of immigrants focus on one of these developments without examining its relationship with the other. (For recent exceptions to this tendency that may signal a “turn” toward simultaneous treatment of these two phenomena, see Waters 1999; Levitt 2001; Faist 2000; Pessar and Graham forthcoming.)
KeywordsHome Country Immigrant Woman Host Society Dual Citizenship Indian Immigrant
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