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Place to Call Home : Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona

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As immigrants settle in new places, they are faced with endless uncertainties that prevent them from feeling that they belong. From language barriers, to differing social norms, to legal boundaries separating them from established residents, they are constantly navigating shifting and contradictory expectations both to assimilate to their new culture and to honor their native one. In A Place to Call Home, Ernesto Castañeda offers a uniquely comparative portrait of immigrant expectations and experiences. Drawing on fourteen years of ethnographic observation and hundreds of interviews with documented and undocumented immigrants and their children, Castañeda sets out to determine how different locations can aid or disrupt the process of immigrant integration. Focusing on New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—immigration hubs in their respective countries—he compares the experiences of both Latino and North African migrants, and finds that subjective understandings, local contexts, national and regional history, and religious institutions are all factors that profoundly impact the personal journey to belonging.

Number of Pages: 186
Genre: Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
Author: Ernesto Castau00f1eda
Language: English
Street Date: May 29, 2018
TCIN: 53683530
UPC: 9781503605763
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-9656
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