Portes, Alejandro 1944-
Most widely held works by Alejandro Portes
Immigrant America : a portrait by Alejandro Portes ( Book )
26 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,018 libraries worldwide
A portrayal of immigration and immigrant lives in the United States, this work, first published in 1990, is now published in a second edition which has been thoroughly expanded and updated to reflect current demographic, economic, and political realities, and the vertiginous pace of historical change in the post-Cold-War era. The authors have written two new chapters, infused the entire text with new data, and added a vivid array of new illustrations. The United States of the late twentieth century is a new nation of immigrants. Not since the peak years of immigration before World War I have so many newcomers made their way to America. During the 1980s about six million immigrants and refugees were legally admitted, and a sizable but uncertain number of others entered without legal status. This book offers a broad portrait of the multicultural people who comprise the latest wave of immigrants to the United States. Overwhelmingly Asian and Latin American yet defying widespread stereotypes of immigrants, they come in luxurious jetliners and the trunks of cars, by boat and on foot. Manual laborers and polished professionals, entrepreneurs and exiles, these immigrants reflect in their motives and origins the forces that have reshaped American society in the second half of the century. Drawing on recent census data and other primary sources, the authors revise our understanding of immigrant America in a sweeping and multifaceted analysis. They probe the dynamics of immigrant politics, examining questions of identity and loyalty among newcomers who are "in a society but not of it," and explore the psychological consequences of varying modes of migration and acculturation. They look at patterns of settlement in urban America, discuss the problems of English-language acquisition and bilingual education, and explain how immigrants incorporate themselves into the American economy. They also dispel myths about that most oppressed and controversial immigrant group, the undocumented. Though much maligned in the popular imagination, these immigrants--often positively selected men and women seeking opportunities for advancement--contribute importantly to many sectors of the American economy. This new study provides a fascinating and complex portrait of America circa 1990.
City on the edge : the transformation of Miami by Alejandro Portes ( Book )
8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,321 libraries worldwide
Legacies : the story of the immigrant second generation by Alejandro Portes ( Book )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 1,123 libraries worldwide
One out of five Americans are first- or second-generation immigrants. This study probes all aspects of the new immigrant second generation live's, exploring their potential to transform American society for better or worse.
Ethnicities : children of immigrants in America ( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 845 libraries worldwide
The Informal economy : studies in advanced and less developed countries ( Book )
12 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 698 libraries worldwide
"A New York roofer requests payment in cash. A Bogota car mechanic sets up "shop" on a quiet side street. Four Mexican immigrants assemble semiconductors in a San Diego home. A Leningrad doctor sells needed medicine to a desperate patient. All are part of a growing worldwide phenomenon that is widely known but little understood. The informal or underground economy is thriving today, not only in the Third World countries where it was first reported and studied but also in Eastern Europe and the developed nations of the West. The Informal Economy is the first book to bring together studies from all three of these settings and to integrate them into a coherent theoretical framework. Taking an international perspective, the authors dispel a number of misconceptions about the informal economy. They make clear, for instance, that it is not solely a province of the poor. Cutting across social strata, it reflects a political and economic realignment between employers and workers and a shift in the regulatory mission of the government. Throughout, the authors' theoretical observations serve not only to unify material from diverse sources but also to map out directions for further research." -- Back cover.
Labor, class, and the international system by Alejandro Portes ( Book )
7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 637 libraries worldwide
Latin journey : Cuban and Mexican immigrants in the United States by Alejandro Portes ( Book )
4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 631 libraries worldwide
The new second generation ( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 617 libraries worldwide
The children of the recent influx of immigrants compose a second generation far different from any this country has known before. Largely nonwhite and from the world's developing nations, these children struggle with complex problems of racial and ethnic relations in multicultural urban neighborhoods where good jobs are increasingly scarce. The New Second Generation chronicles the lives of second-generation youth in Miami, New York City, New Orleans, and Southern California. The contributors balance careful analysis with the voices of the youngsters themselves, focusing primarily on education, career expectations, language preference, ethnic pride, and the influence of their American-born peers. Demographic portraits reveal that although many immigrant youths are poor, this disadvantage is partially offset by the fact that their parents are typically married, self-employed, and off welfare. Historical analysis of language preferences among Miami's Hispanic youth also reveals their unequivocal preference for English. Still other essays explore the process of adaptation and self-definition among immigrant youth, especially the influences of neighborhood, ethnicity, and family. As immigration continues to change the face of the nation's cities, we cannot ignore the crucial issue of how well the children of immigrants will adapt. The New Second Generation provides valuable insight into issues that may spell the difference between regeneration and decay across urban America.
Urban Latin America : the political condition from above and below by Alejandro Portes ( Book )
6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 603 libraries worldwide
The economic sociology of immigration : essays on networks, ethnicity, and entrepreneurship ( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 562 libraries worldwide
The Economic Sociology of Immigration forges a dynamic link between the theoretical innovations of economic sociology and the latest empirical findings from immigration research, an area of critical concern as the problems of ethnic poverty and inequality become increasingly profound. Alejandro Portes's overview of sociological approaches to economic phenomena provides the framework for six wide-ranging investigations into ethnic and immigrant labor networks and social resources, entrepreneurship, and cultural assimilation.
Economic sociology : a systematic inquiry by Alejandro Portes ( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 446 libraries worldwide
"The sociological study of economic activity has witnessed a significant resurgence. Recent texts have chronicled economic sociology's nineteenth-century origins while pointing to the importance of context and power in economic life, yet the field lacks a clear understanding of the role that concepts at different levels of abstraction play in its organization. Economic Sociology fills this critical gap by surveying the current state of the field while advancing a framework for further theoretical development. Alejandro Portes examines economic sociology's principal assumptions, key explanatory concepts, and selected research sites. He argues that economic activity is embedded in social and cultural relations, but also that power and the unintended consequences of rational purposive action must be factored in when seeking to explain or predict economic behavior. Drawing upon a wealth of examples, Portes identifies three strategic sites of research--the informal economy, ethnic enclaves, and transnational communities--and he eschews grand narratives in favor of mid-range theories that help us understand specific kinds of social action."--GoogleBooks.
Comparative national development : society and economy in the new global order ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 433 libraries worldwide
The Urban Caribbean : transition to the new global economy ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 408 libraries worldwide
Current perspectives in Latin American urban research : [papers ( Book )
9 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 312 libraries worldwide
Exceptional outcomes : achievement in education and employment among children of immigrants ( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 246 libraries worldwide
Rethinking migration : new theoretical and empirical perspectives ( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 193 libraries worldwide
Rethinking migration : new theoretical and emperical perspectives ( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Includes statistical tables.
Ciudades del Caribe en el umbral del nuevo siglo ( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in Spanish and held by 71 libraries worldwide
Ciudades latinoamericanas : un análisis comparativo en el umbral del nuevo siglo ( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 67 libraries worldwide
Urbanización en el Caribe ( Book )
6 editions published in 1992 in Spanish and held by 56 libraries worldwide
"Comparative, historical study of Caribbean urbanization includes chapters by S. Manigat on Haiti, D. Gordon and S. Dixon on Jamaica, and W. Lozano and I. Duarte on the Dominican Republic. Each chapter reviews governmental economic policy and its effects on urban areas, class divisions, urban ecological differentiation, and internal and international migration"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
Academic achievement Acculturation Americanization Caribbean Area Case studies Children of immigrants--Education Children of immigrants--Social conditions Children of minorities--Social conditions Cities and towns Cities and towns--Research Conference proceedings Cubans--Economic conditions Cubans--Social conditions Developing countries Dominican Republic Economic development Economic development--Sociological aspects Economic history Economics--Sociological aspects Emigration and immigration Emigration and immigration--Economic aspects Emigration and immigration--Government policy Emigration and immigration--Political aspects Emigration and immigration--Social aspects Ethnicity Ethnic relations Florida--Miami History Immigrants Immigrants--Economic conditions Immigrants--Education Immigrants--Social conditions Informal sector (Economics) Informal sector (Economics)--Government policy International economic relations Latin America Mexicans--Economic conditions Mexicans--Social conditions Mexico Minorities Minorities--Social conditions Poor Power (Social sciences) Race relations Social adjustment Social history Social mobility Transnationalism United States Urbanization
Portes, A. 1944-
Portes, A. (Alejandro), 1944-