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At the Core and in the Margins : Incorporation of Mexican Immigrants in Two Rural Midwestern Communities

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Beardstown and Monmouth, Illinois, two rural Midwestern towns, have been transformed by immigration in the last three decades. This book examines how Mexican immigrants who have made these towns their homes have integrated legally, culturally, and institutionally. What accounts for the massive growth in the Mexican immigrant populations in these two small towns, and what does the future hold for them?Based on 260 surveys and 47 in-depth interviews, this study combines quantitative and qualitative research to explore the level and characteristics of immigrant incorporation in Beardstown and Monmouth. It assesses the advancement of immigrants in the immigration/ residency/citizenship process, the immigrants’ level of cultural integration (via language, their connectedness with other members of society, and their relationships with neighbors), the degree and characteristics of discrimination against immigrants in these two towns, and the extent to which immigrants participate in different social and political activities and trust government institutions.Immigrants in new destinations are likely to be poorer, to be less educated, and to have weaker English-language skills than immigrants in traditional destinations. Studying how this population negotiates the obstacles to and opportunities for incorporation is crucial.
Number of Pages: 175
Genre: Social Science, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Sociology / Rural, Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies, Public Policy / Cultural Policy
Series Title: Latinos in the United States
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
Author: Julia Albarracu00edn
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2016
TCIN: 50779133
UPC: 9781611862065
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-2748
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