Up from Puerto Rico

Up from Puerto Rico

Up from Puerto Rico

Up from Puerto Rico

Excerpt

Since the end of the Second World War, Puerto Rican migration to New York City has increased manifold. Partly a product of the social and economic developments that followed the war, it also reflects the sense of hope and the greater aspirations of Puerto Ricans in search of new frontiers for living. The monumental expansion of air transportation that followed the war helped to make possible what Clarence Senior has called "the first airborne migration in history." A unique kind of movement to the United States, the Puerto Rican migration is comparable to interstate migrations within the country, yet at the same time quite like the past immigrations from Europe in that American life is culturally foreign to Puerto Ricans. Hence the mass migration and settlement of some 760,000 Puerto Ricans in New York has been an object of much attention both in this country and abroad. For New Yorkers, this migration has both created bewilderment and concern and refreshed their memories and old attitudes toward foreign newcomers.

Up from Puerto Rico is an attempt by an anthropologist to provide a new way of looking at some of these issues, memories, and attitudes. It provides a detailed description of the ways of life and changing culture of Puerto Ricans in a New York City slum. A documentary story written for the general reader, it is based on two and a half years of intensive field-

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