Black Identities by Mary C. Waters
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Black Identities
By Mary C. Waters

Black Identities

West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities

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Black Identities by Mary C. Waters

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Winner of the American Political Science Association's Best Book of 1999 in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Winner of the Cornell University Best Book in Equality Award Winner of the Eastern Sociological Society Mirra Komarovsky Award The story of West Indian immigrants to the United States is considered a great success. Many of these adoptive citizens have prospered, including General Colin Powell. But Mary Waters tells a very different story about immigrants from the West Indies. She finds that, ultimately, the values that gained these first-generation immigrants initial success-a willingness to work hard, a lack of attention to racism, a desire for education-are undermined by the realities of life in the United States. Discrimination in housing channels them into neighbourhoods with inferior public schools and high crime rates, undermining their hopes for their children's future. The hard-won relative success of the parents is often followed by the downward slide of their children. Contrary to long-held beliefs, Waters finds, those who resist Americanisation are most likely to succeed economically.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674007246
ISBN-10: 0674007247
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 29mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Next Generation by Mary C. Waters Next Generation, Paperback (April 2011)

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New Americans by Mary C. Waters New Americans, Hardback (January 2007)

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, shaped by successive waves of new arrivals. The most recent transformation began when immigration laws and policies changed significantly in 1965. Edited and written by a group of prominent scholars, this book provides an authoritative account of the most recent surge of immigrants.

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Author Biography - Mary C. Waters

Mary C. Waters is M. E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

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