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Acknowledgments MY INTEREST IN immigration surely started long before I became a social scientist . As is true of so many of us who live in immigrant destinations, stories of the “old country” were part of early socialization. In my case, that old country was Finland, from which my paternal grandparents came to the United States through Ellis Island in the early years of the twentieth century. Although the stories were fewer in number and sparser in detail than I now wish they had been, the tangible evidence of photographs, fabrics , and foods were always part of the experience of visiting my grandmother . She spoke almost no English, and thus the Finnish language too was part of what I remember as a child. My father exemplified assimilation , making little reference to his origins and abandoning the language once his mother died. My uncle, in contrast, represented a different path, maintaining a social network with the Finnish community, even as he developed a successful mainstream architecture practice. It is from him that I have a two-century genealogy of the Finnish family line—though written entirely in Finnish, a language I never learned beyond the few phrases I used to speak to my grandmother as a child. My professional interest in immigration is much more recent. Although the social psychological perspective and concepts that I bring to bear have been honed over several decades of practice, their application to the phenomena of immigration took shape only after I moved to New York City in 1987. New York is a city defined by its immigrant population, both internal and external migration, and the people and the places of the city speak volumes about immigrant experience, both present and past. The waves of immigration and the patterns of settlement have of course been documented extensively. Yet as I thought more about these patterns and trends, I began to see how the perspective of a social psychologist could add to our understanding and appreciation of the immigrant experience. And so the idea of this book was born. xi Critical to the conceptualization and the tangible beginning of this project was the year that I spent as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. The history of the foundation’s support of work in the field of immigration, under the leadership of Eric Wanner, is well known and the climate of the foundation is one that stimulates and expands one’s understanding of the many forces at work to shape the lives of immigrants to the United States. I am grateful to all of the scholars and the staff members who were part of my experience that year. Over the past few years, many people have advised and informed me as I have been writing this book. Three years ago I tried out some early versions of chapters in a course on immigration that I taught at the CUNY Graduate Center. I value the feedback that I received from the students in that class. Throughout my time at the Graduate Center I have benefited from the stories and experiences of my students, many of whom are both living and studying the immigrant experience themselves. Our ongoing research seminar on immigration continues to introduce new information and new perspectives, and I thank all who have been part of that ongoing conversation. Discussions and interactions with other immigration scholars at the CUNY Graduate Center, in particular Nancy Foner and Phil Kasinitz, have allowed me to cross disciplinary boundaries much more easily than I could otherwise have done. Many people have been willing to read portions of the book and offer helpful feedback. In particular, I want to acknowledge Nida Bikmen, Frances Cherry, Victoria Esses, Susan Fiske, Sam Glucksberg, Susan Meiklejohn, Suzanne Ouellette, Patricia RuizNavarro , Taryn Tang, Teceta Thomas, Debora Upegui-Hernandez, and Shaun Wiley. Reviews of the entire manuscript from Tom Pettigrew and from an anonymous reviewer gave me very useful suggestions for final revisions. At Russell Sage, Suzanne Nichols was supportive at every step of the process. And, finally, my special thanks to Sam Glucksberg, who joins the pantheon of long-suffering and mostly good-spirited POAs— partners of authors who are engaged in what sometimes seems to be a writing process without end. He is surely my favorite immigrant. Kay Deaux xii Acknowledgments ...

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ISBN
9781610441537
Related ISBN
9780871540867
MARC Record
OCLC
794701253
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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