New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape

New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape

New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape

New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape

Synopsis

Immigration is dramatically changing major cities throughout the world. Nowhere is this more so than in New York City and Amsterdam, which, after decades of large-scale immigration, now have populations that are more than a third foreign-born. These cities have had to deal with the challenge of incorporating hundreds of thousands of immigrants whose cultures, languages, religions, and racial backgrounds differ dramatically from those of many long-established residents.nbsp;New York and Amsterdamnbsp;brings together a distinguished and interdisciplinary group of American and Dutch scholars to examine and compare the impact of immigration on two of the world's largest urban centers. nbsp; The original essays in this volume discuss how immigration has affected social, political, and economic structures, cultural patterns, and intergroup relations in the two cities, investigating how the particular, and changing, urban contexts of New York City and Amsterdam have shaped immigrant and second generation experiences. Despite many parallels between nbsp;New York and Amsterdam, the differences stand out, nbsp;andnbsp; juxtaposing essays on immigration in the two cities helps to illuminate the essential issues that today's immigrants and their children confront. Organized around five main themes, this bookoffers an in-depth view of the impact of immigration as it affects particular places, with specific histories, institutions, and immigrant populations.nbsp;New York and Amsterdamnbsp;profoundly contributes to our broader understanding of the transformations wrought by immigration and the dynamics of urban change, providing new insights into how- and why- immigration's effects differ on the two sides of the Atlantic. nbsp; nbsp; Nancy Fonernbsp;is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.nbsp;Jan Rathnbsp;is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.nbsp;Jan Willem Duyvendaknbsp;is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.nbsp;Rogier van Reekumnbsp;is Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam.

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Jan rath, nancy foner, jan willem duyvendak, and rogier van reekum

Immigration is dramatically changing major cities throughout the world. Nowhere is this more true than in Amsterdam and New York City, which, after decades of large-scale immigration, now have populations that are about a third foreign born. Amsterdam and New York City have had to deal with incorporating hundreds of thousands of immigrants whose ethnic, racial, and national backgrounds differ from those of many long-established residents, and who display a variety of different languages, religions, cultures, and lifestyles. How have the specific urban contexts of Amsterdam and New York shaped the fates of these newcomers? And—conversely—how has the massive recent immigration transformed New York City and Amsterdam? These are the central questions that will be addressed in this book.

A Transatlantic Comparison of Immigrant Cities

Amsterdam and New York City share more than a high proportion of foreign born. That the immigrants arriving there in the last half century have mostly come from outside of Europe is a new development in both cities. Newcomers have had to face a wide array of challenges of adjustment and accommodation, and these processes show remarkable similarities in the two cities. Immigrants have sometimes gotten a cold or . . .

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