Black Identities

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Social Science - 431 pages
The story of West Indian immigrants to the United States is generally considered to be a great success. Mary Waters, however, tells a very different story. She finds that the values that gain first-generation immigrants initial success--a willingness to work hard, a lack of attention to racism, a desire for education, an incentive to save--are undermined by the realities of life and race relations in the United States. Contrary to long-held beliefs, Waters finds, those who resist Americanization are most likely to succeed economically, especially in the second generation.
 

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Black identities: West Indian immigrant dreams and American realities

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Historical Legacies
16
3 Racial and Ethnic Identity Choices
44
4 West Indians at Work
94
5 Encountering American Race Relations
140
6 Intergenerational Dynamics
192
7 Segregated Neighborhoods and Schools
243
8 Identities of the Second Generation
285
9 Immigrants and American Race Relations
326
Notes on Methodology
347
Notes
373
Index
409
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