Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation: by Reuel R. Rogers

By Reuel R. Rogers

This booklet examines the political habit of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in ny urban to reply to a well-recognized, yet nagging query approximately American democracy. Does racism nonetheless complicate or restrict the political integration styles of racial minorities within the usa? With the coming of unparalleled numbers of immigrants from Asia, Latin the US, and the Caribbean during the last a number of many years, there's cause once more to think about this query. the rustic is confronting the problem of incorporating a gentle, gigantic move of non-white, non-European voluntary immigrants into the political procedure. Will racism make this technique as tricky for those novices because it did for African americans? The booklet concludes discrimination does intervene with the immigrants' adjustment to American political existence. yet their political innovations and strategic offerings within the face of this problem are unforeseen ones, now not expected by way of common bills within the political technological know-how literature.

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They have turned to demonstrations and protests, as well the ballot box, to press for political incorporation. When disenfranchisement prevented African Americans from even casting ballots, they were forced to rely on these more unconventional or extra-systemic tactics to make political demands. European immigrants, in contrast, had far less experience with such strategies. The civil rights movement is an obvious example of this one critical political difference between African Americans and European immigrants.

It goes to matters of home country experience and the accompanying cognitive 34 Beyond Black and White outlook that often influences immigrants’ political life in the United States. iv. contemporary research on non-white immigrants Much of what we have yet to learn or understand about the new wave of immigrants, in fact, may be informed by these home country factors. Ignoring them produces limitations and blind spots that show in some of the recent minority group and neopluralist studies on contemporary immigrant populations.

But racial discrimination persists, albeit often in more subtle forms. , Chong and Kim 2004; Hochschild and Rogers 2000). It is reasonable to assume, then, that discrimination might affect the prospects of political incorporation for non-white immigrants from Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, although it is difficult to predict exactly how. The pluralist perspective, like the minority group model, also does not give enough analytic weight to the immigrant status and home country ties of foreign-born groups during their political adjustment to the United States.

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