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Segmented Assimilation: Issues, Controversies, and Recent Research on the New Second Generation

Min Zhou
The International Migration Review
Vol. 31, No. 4, Special Issue: Immigrant Adaptation and Native-Born Responses in the Making of Americans (Winter, 1997), pp. 975-1008
DOI: 10.2307/2547421
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2547421
Page Count: 34
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Abstract

The segmented assimilation theory offers a theoretical framework for understanding the process by which the new second generation - the children of contemporary immigrants - becomes incorporated into the system of stratification in the host society and the different outcomes of this process. This article examines the issues and controversies surrounding the development of the segmented assimilation theory and reviews the state of recent empirical research relevant to this theoretical approach. It also highlights main conclusions from recent research that bear on this theory and their implications for future studies.

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