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One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century
edited by Nancy Foner
In One Out of Three, Nancy Foner deftly deploys both ethnographic accounts of lived experience as well as nuanced reflections of macro-level processes to capture the ways that recent and not-so-recent arrivals have altered America’s largest city and transformed their own lives while doing so. Written with abundant sensitivity to the human experience, the book portrays immigrants’ energy, hope and perseverance as well as their frustrations, conflicts and anguish. It informs readers of both the momentary concerns and longstanding goals which epitomize the rhythms of these new New Yorkers’ lives—from food and politics, to religion and music, to establishing new identities and retaining connections to home. At the same time, the book also delivers important conclusions about the long-term and wide-ranging impact of New York’s enduring encounter with immigrants. Such lessons are emphasized in the editor’s introduction and in comparative chapters on demographic change, immigrants in the economy, and the fate of the second generation. Fascinating and accessible, yet also informed by cutting-edge research and theory, One Out of Three is a must-read for students and scholars of international migration and for anyone seeking to comprehend the ongoing transformation of American society.