Strangers No More is the first book to compare immigrant integration across key Western countries. Focusing on low-status newcomers and their children, it examines how they are making their way in four critical European countries—France, Germany, Great Britain, and the Netherlands—and, across the Atlantic, in the United States and Canada. This systematic, data-rich comparison reveals their progress and the barriers they face in an array of institutions—from labor markets and neighborhoods to educational and political systems—and considers the controversial questions of religion, race, identity, and intermarriage.
Richard Alba and Nancy Foner shed new light on questions at the heart of concerns about immigration. They analyze why immigrant religion is a more significant divide in Western Europe than in the United States, where race is a more severe obstacle. They look at why, despite fears in Europe about the rise of immigrant ghettoes, residential segregation is much less of a problem for immigrant minorities there than in the United States. They explore why everywhere, growing economic inequality and the proliferation of precarious, low-wage jobs pose dilemmas for the second generation. They also evaluate perspectives often proposed to explain the success of immigrant integration in certain countries, including nationally specific models, the political economy, and the histories of Canada and the United States as settler societies.
Strangers No More delves into issues of pivotal importance for the present and future of Western societies, where immigrants and their children form ever-larger shares of the population.
Richard Alba is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Blurring the Color Line and Remaking the American Mainstream. Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her books include From Ellis Island to JFK and In a New Land.
"A welcome stocktaking of how ‘low-status' immigrants have fared in North America and several Western European countries. The value added by this volume is the compact compilation of comparative data on key domains of integration, from the labor market to intermarriage."--Christian Joppke, American Journal of Sociology
"Richard Alba and Nancy Foner have written what will undoubtedly become the ‘'go-to' book for comparisons of immigration on both sides of the Atlantic. Clearly written, meticulously researched, and insightfully analyzed, Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe helps readers easily capture the broad mechanisms driving migration and integration today."--Peggy Levitt, Contemporary Sociology
"Richard Alba and Nancy Foner took on an impossible task: to write a comprehensive, but also empirically grounded, account of the integration of people they call ‘low-status' migrants, across the main distinct fields of integration, covering the experiences of the four main Western European immigration countries and the US and Canada, all within a country comparative framework. Given this high ambition with regard to substance and scope, this book stands unrivalled and unmatched as an achievement. Few scholars possess the depth of knowledge or mastery of the arts to take on such a challenge. Remarkably, the book delivers such a high degree of informed understanding across the boards that it will stand as a benchmark and reference point for leading and junior scholars, as well as advanced students and informed publics."--Paul Statham, Ethnic and Racial Studies Review
Table of Contents:
1 Strangers No More: The Challenges of Integration 1
2 Who Are the Immigrants? The Genesis of the New Diversity 19
3 Economic Well-being 47
4 Living Situations: How Segregated? How Unequal? 68
5 The Problems and Paradoxes of Race 98
6 Immigrant Religion 118
7 Entering the Precincts of Power 143
8 Educating the Second Generation 169
9 Who Are the "We"? Identity and Mixed Unions 197
10 Conclusion: The Changing Face of the West 221