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Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race (Paperback)

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This book explores how the arrival of Latin American immigrants in the United States shifts racial classifications for newcomers, for the society receiving them, and for the people they leave behind.

About the Author

Wendy Roth is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is coauthor of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (2004).

Praise For…

"[I]nnovative ethnographic fieldwork . . . Recommended."—E. Hu-DeHart, CHOICE

"Roth's superb study transcends the existing literature on migration and race by demonstrating how concepts of race and ethnicity are continually refashioned in a transnational space. Migrants maintain, adopt, and strategically utilize different racial schemas in constant reference to both their countries of origin and settlement. All future studies of how race 'travels' will have to engage the analysis presented here."—Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley, co-author of Racial Formation in the United States

"Anyone who believes that the American racial structure is characterized by unmovable white/black boundaries should read this book. Roth deftly analyzes the transformation of identification and categorization systems that have accompanied the accelerated immigration of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the United States, as well as the consolidation of a Latino identity on our shores and abroad. She parses out how new and different schemas are diffused at the micro level across classes. She also uses the tools of cultural sociology to significantly advance our understanding of the dynamics between ethnically and racially-based symbolic and social boundaries. The result is a dynamic and multidimensional analysis of processes of boundary work which should have a considerable impact on the field of immigration, race and ethnicity and on the study of transnationalism."—Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, author of The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration

"Wendy Roth's Race Migrations is rich with insights about one of the great puzzles of contemporary immigration-the impacts of immigration on racial systems and of racial systems on immigrants. With scrupulous research and brisk writing, she traces the transportation and mutation of racial concepts in both directions between origin and destination societies."—Richard Alba, The Graduate Center CUNY, author of Blurring the Color Line

"Wendy Roth has produced an important book on how Dominicans and Puerto Ricans transform their own understandings of race with immigration to the United States and, in the process, also transform American racial realities. In addition, our understanding of race as culture reaches a new level in Roth's insightful analysis."—Edward Telles, Princeton University, author of Race in Another America

Product Details
ISBN: 9780804777964
ISBN-10: 0804777969
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: June 13th, 2012
Pages: 268
Language: English

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