Immigrants, Schooling and Social Mobility Does Culture Make a Difference?

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-11-25
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Immigrants, Schooling and Social Mobility confronts a central issue in the study of immigration and ethnicity of the opposition between culture and structure, and presents a collection of essays that transcend simplistic either/or approaches to this issue. The contributions explore educational and economic mobility of immigrant groups in Europe and America.

Author Biography

Hans Vermeulen is an anthropologist and Co-director of Research of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Joel Perlmann is Senior Scholar at the Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, and Levy Institute Research Professor at the College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Notes on the Contributors viii
Introduction: The role of culture in explanations of social mobility
Hans Vermeulen
Introduction: The persistence of culture versus structure in recent work. The case of modes of incorporation
Joel Perlmann
What colour `success'? Distorting value in studies of ethnic entrepreneurship
Pnina Werbner
The cultural fallacy in studies of racial and ethnic mobility
Stephen Steinberg
Situational and structural rationales for the school performance of immigrant youth. Three cases
Margaret A. Gibson
What the Jews brought. East-European Jewish immigration to the United States, c. 1900
Joel Perlmann
Peasantry and trading diaspora. Differential social mobility of Italians and Greeks in the United States
Hans Vermeulen
Tijno Venema
The internationalization of black culture. A comparison of lower-class youth in Brazil and the Netherlands
Livio Sansone
Creoles and Hindustanis. Patterns of social mobility in two Surinamese immigrant groups in the Netherlands
Mies van Niekerk
Does culture explain? Understanding differences in school attainment between Iberian and Turkish youth in the Netherlands
Flip Lindo
Breaking the circle of disadvantage. Social mobility of second-generation Moroccans and Turks in the Netherlands
Maurice Crul
Subject Index 245(8)
Author Index 253

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