Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the United States

Essays on Incorporation, Identity, and Citizenship

Edited by Margarita Cervantes-Rodriguez, Ramon Grosfoguel, and Eric H. Mielants
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HC: $66.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-954-5
Publication: Jan 09

Ebook: $66.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-956-9

270 pages

11 tables, 1 figures, 8 halftones, 2 maps

A novel and interdisciplinary volume on the dynamics of migration with comparative case studies of the Caribbean experience

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Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the United States features a diverse group of scholars from across academic disciplines studying the transnational paths of Caribbean migration. How has the colonial path of the Caribbean influenced migration with regard to power relations, ethnic identities and transnational processes? Through a series of case studies, the contributors to this volume examine the experiences of Caribbean immigrants to Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands as well as the United States. They show the demographic, socioeconomic, political and cultural impact migrants have, as well as their role in the development of transnational social fields. Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the United States also examines how contrasting discourses of democracy and racism, xenophobia and globalization shape issues pertaining to citizenship and identity. Contributors: Elizabeth Aranda, Mary Chamberlain, Michel Giraud, Lisa Maya Knauer, John R. Logan, Monique Milia-Marie-Luce, Laura Oso Casas, Livio Sansone, Nina Glick Schiller,Charles (Wenquan) Zhang and the editors. ��

Table of Contents

Introduction: Caribbean Migrations to Western Europe and the United States 1. Theorizing about and beyond Transnational Processes Part I: State Policies and Migrants' Strategies 2. Colonial Racism, Ethnicity, and Citizenship: The Lessons of the Migration Experiences of French-Speaking Caribbean Populations 3. From the Periphery to the Core: A case Study on the Migration and Incorporation of Recent Caribbean Immigrants in the Netherlands 4. Puerto Ricans in the United States and French West Indian Immigrants in France Part II: Identities, Countercultures, and Ethnic Resilience 5. Puerto Rican Migration and Settlement in South Florida: Ethnic Identities and Transnational Spaces 6. Racialized Culture and Translocal Counter-Publics: Rumba and Social Disorder in New York and Havana 7. The Making of Suriland: The Binational Development of a Black Community between Tropics and the North Sea Part III: Incorporation, Entrepreneurship, and Household Strategies 8. Cubans and Dominicans: Is There a Latino Experience in the United States? 9. Dominican Women, Heads of Households in Spain 10. Identity and Kinship: Caribbean Transnational Narratives About the Contributors Index

About the Author(s)

Margarita Cervantes-Rodríguez is currently a visiting research scholar at the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. She is the author of International Migration in Cuba: Accumulation, Imperial Designs and Transnational Social Fields.

Ramón Grosfoguel is Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Berkeley and Senior Research Associate of the Maison des Sciences de l´Homme in Paris. His most recent book is Colonial Subjects: Puerto Ricans in a Global Perspective.

Eric Mielants is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. He is the author of The Origins of Capitalism and the "Rise of the West." (Temple).