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Transforming Politics, Transforming America

The Political and Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States
Taeku Lee, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Ricardo Ramírez, eds.


BUY Cloth · 320 pp. · 6.13 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813925455 · $60.00 · Jul 2006
BUY Paper · 320 pp. · 6.13 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813925547 · $26.50 · Oct 2007
BUY Ebook · 320 pp. · ISBN 9780813934204 · $26.50 · Oct 2012

Over the past four decades, the foreign-born population in the United States has nearly tripled, from about 10 million in 1965 to more than 30 million today. This wave of new Americans comes in disproportionately large numbers from Latin America and Asia, a pattern that is likely to continue in this century. In Transforming Politics, Transforming America, editors Taeku Lee, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Ricardo Ramírez bring together the newest work of prominent scholars in the field of immigrant political incorporation to provide the first comprehensive look at the political behavior of immigrants.Focusing on the period from 1965 to the year 2020, this volume tackles the fundamental yet relatively neglected questions, What is the meaning of citizenship, and what is its political relevance? How are immigrants changing our notions of racial and ethnic categorization? How is immigration transforming our understanding of mobilization, participation, and political assimilation? With an emphasis on research that brings innovative theory, quantitative methods, and systematic data to bear on such questions, this volume presents a provocative evidence-based examination of the consequences that these demographic changes might have for the contemporary politics of the United States as well as for the concerns, categories, and conceptual frameworks we use to study race relations and ethnic politics.

Contributors Bruce Cain (University of California, Berkeley) * Grace Cho (University of Michigan) * Jack Citrin (University of California, Berkeley) * Louis DeSipio (University of California, Irvine) * Brendan Doherty (University of California, Berkeley) * Lisa García Bedolla (University of California, Irvine) * Zoltan Hajnal (University of California, San Diego) * Jennifer Holdaway (Social Science Research Council) * Jane Junn (Rutgers University) * Philip Kasinitz (City University of New York) * Taeku Lee (University of California, Berkeley) * John Mollenkopf (City University of New York) * Tatishe Mavovosi Nteta (University of California, Berkeley) * Kathryn Pearson (University of Minnesota) * Kenneth Prewitt (Columbia University) * S. Karthick Ramakrishnan (University of California, Riverside) * Ricardo Ramírez (University of Southern California) * Mary Waters (Harvard University) * Cara Wong (University of Michigan) * Janelle Wong (University of Southern California)

Reviews:


"Transforming Politics, Transforming America is very much on target in terms of its focus on immigrant political incorporation. The editors are among the very top young political scientists in the country working on immigration issues, and the volume’s outstanding contributors have produced high-quality, important, and readable chapters. In result, this book is extremely timely and worthwhile.

Frank D. Bean, University of California, Irvine, former Director of the Center for US/Mexico Border and Migration Research at the University of Texas, Austin

About the Author: 

Taeku Lee is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Mobilizing Public Opinion: Black Insurgency and Racial Attitudes in the Civil Rights Era.

S. Karthick Ramakrishnan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of Democracy in Immigrant America: Changing Demographics and Political Participation.

Ricardo Ramírez is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California.

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