The Stranger: A Study in Social Relationships

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CHAPTER VI
ALIEN COMMUNITIES

I. IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

THIS classification is a comprehensive one which includes those groups or communities which are composed of indidividuals who have migrated from their former homes and have settled in another country with the intention of making their homes there more or less permanently and of identifying their interests with those of the adopted country. Such persons on their arrival in the new country tend to settle in the same neighborhood with other immigrants of their own nationality, and thus our Ghettos, Chinatowns, Little Italies and so on have come into existence. Each of these foreign sections or communities presents its own peculiar problems. Differences of race, language, religion, standards of living, customs, cultural traditions, and ideals of government and moral conduct may be present which separate the immigrant colony not only from the people of the country in which they have settled but also from other immigrant groups who are living in the same vicinity. And even within communities of the same nationality there are differences. The members of the laboring groups will not respond to situations in the new environment in the same manner as those belonging to the professional groups or to the diplomatic corps. Nor will the reactions of a small rural community of immigrants agree at all times with those of a larger urban settlement. Thus the attempt to generalize from such heterogeneous material as that which is presented by the numerous immigrant communities within the United States,

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