Globalization, Incorporation, and Placemaking in Queens, New YorkEdited by Tarry Hum, Ron Hayduk, Francois Pierre-Louis Jr., and Michael Alan Krasner
Nearly half the 2.3 million residents of Queens, New York are foreign-born. Immigrants in Queens hail from more than 120 countries and speak more than 135 languages. As an epicenter of immigrant diversity, Queens is an urban gateway that exemplifies opportunities and challenges in shaping a multi-racial democracy.
The editors and contributors to Immigrant Crossroads examine the social, spatial, economic, and political dynamics that stem from this fast-growing urbanization. The interdisciplinary chapters examine residential patterns and neighborhood identities, immigrant incorporation and mobilizations, and community building and activism.
Essays combine qualitative and quantitative research methods to address globalization and the unprecedented racial and ethnic diversity as a result of international migration. Chapters on incorporation focus on immigrant participation and representation in electoral politics, and advocacy for immigrant inclusion in urban governance and service provision. A section of Immigrant Crossroads concerns placemaking, focusing on the production of neighborhood spaces and identities as well as immigrant activism and community development and control.
Based on engaged and robust analysis, Immigrant Crossroads highlights the dynamics of this urban gateway.
Contributors: Sofya Aptekar, Nazreen S. Bacchus, Sayu Bhojwani, Donovan Finn, Diana Tamashiro Folla, Kristen Hackett, David Dyssegaard Kallick, Arun Peter Lobo, Arianna Martinez, Lynn McCormick, Christopher Michael, Joseph J. Salvo, Alice Sardell, Samuel Stein, and the editors
"Immigrant Crossroads uses the fascinating case of Queens to make a tremendous contribution to the understanding of hyper-diversity in contemporary urban settings. It raises critical questions in the immediate aftermath of the Trump era. This place-bound research demonstrates that the Queens example teaches us much about the potential of, and challenges to, developing grassroots influence in the West and Global North."
" (T)his book represents an important contribution to the limited literature on how immigrants are changing the face of America’s cities."
—Journal of Urban Affairs
" This comprehensive edited volume is a timely and welcome addition to scholarly discussions about immigration-generated diversity in contemporary urban settings. It offers important food for thought for those interested in immigration studies, urban sociology and anthropology, social movements and multi-racial coalition building, urban planning and development, and labour studies.... The volume’s breadth of topics, inclusion of both qualitative and quantitative research, accessible prose, and helpful tables, graphs, and pictures make it highly recommended."
—Ethnic and Racial Studies
"The book is a data-rich exploration of New York City’s Queens borough.... (T)here are equally vibrant descriptions, historical narratives and organizing stories throughout that bring the borough to life.... By featuring Queens and immigrant communities in such detail, the book becomes a useful tool to understand the place, and for comparison and inspiration rather than a blueprint for how development should happen elsewhere."
"Together, the contributing authors frame Queens as a global microcosm, locating, in a distinct urban space, the rapidly evolving macro-level forces that shape American life, more generally.... (A)s a strong scholarly text, Immigrant Crossroads provides readers with a model for how to interpret these unfolding phenomena, encouraging us to connect the local to the global; center immigrants’ experiences; think and work across and at the intersection of social organizations, institutions, groups, and inequalities; and recognize and foster the democratic potential, agency, and resistance of all."