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Portes, Alejandro 1944-

Works: 213 works in 608 publications in 2 languages and 18,406 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer
Classifications: JV6450, 304.873
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Most widely held works by Alejandro Portes
Immigrant America : a portrait by Alejandro Portes( Book )

50 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,617 WorldCat member 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
Legacies : the story of the immigrant second generation by Alejandro Portes( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One out of five Americans, more than 55 million people, are first- or second-generation immigrants. This study, the most comprehensive to date, probes the lives of the new immigrant second generation, exploring its immense potential to transform American society for better or worse. Whether this new generation reinvigorates the nation or deepens its social problems depends on the social and economic trajectories of this still young population. In Legacies, Alejandro Portes and Ruben G. Rumbaut - two of the leading figures in the field - provide a close look at this rising second generation, including patterns of acculturation, family and school life, language, identity, experiences of discrimination, self-esteem, ambition, and achievement."--Jacket
Ethnicities : children of immigrants in America by Alejandro Portes( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new immigration to the United States is unprecedented in its diversity of color, class, and cultural origins. Over the past few decades, the racial and ethnic composition and stratification of the American population{u2014}as well as the social meanings of race, ethnicity, and American identity{u2014}have fundamentally changed. Ethnicities, a companion volume to Rubén G. Rumbaut's and Alejandro Portes's Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation, brings together some of the country's leading scholars of immigration and ethnicity to examine the lives and trajectories of the children of today's immigrants. The emerging ethnic groups of the United States in the 21st century are being formed in this process, with potentially profound societal impacts. Whether this new ethnic mosaic reinvigorates the nation or spells a quantum leap in its social problems depends on the social and economic incorporation of this still young population
City on the edge : the transformation of Miami by Alejandro Portes( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Informal economy : studies in advanced and less developed countries( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member 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
Latin journey : Cuban and Mexican immigrants in the United States by Alejandro Portes( Book )

11 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Labor, class, and the international system by Alejandro Portes( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Labor, Class, and the International System explores the interface between the labor process, class structure, and the global requirements of accumulation as a necessary complement to the analysis of capital and dominant institutions and focus on this interaction to clarify some of the apparent contradictions and bring the general models in line with empirical reality. The book provides analysis of concepts and hypotheses derived from general theory with available empirical knowledge on each particular topic. Each chapter addresses problem areas namely, international migration; pre-capitalist m
The new second generation( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member 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
The economic sociology of immigration : essays on networks, ethnicity, and entrepreneurship( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member 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
Urban Latin America : the political condition from above and below by Alejandro Portes( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economic sociology : a systematic inquiry by Alejandro Portes( Book )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member 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 by A. Douglas Kincaid( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Urban Caribbean : transition to the new global economy by Alejandro Portes( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Urban Caribbean studies urbanization in five countries - Costa Rica, Haiti, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica - during the 1980s and 1990s, when the region's economy shifted from one heavily dependent on imports to one directed more to producing exports. This shift caused producers and entrepreneurs to rely more on microenterprises, thus challenging the informal economy networks of the central cities. Sociologist Alejandro Portes and the other contributors use rich, in-depth data to examine both qualitative and quantitative changes in these five countries. Their research method allows them to make generalizations applicable to all five economies while retaining the concreteness of the similarities and differences that make each country unique
Current perspectives in Latin American urban research : [papers] by Alejandro Portes( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking migration : new theoretical and empirical perspectives by Conference on Conceptual and Methodological Developments in the Study of International Migration( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes statistical tables
Exceptional outcomes : achievement in education and employment among children of immigrants( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Institutions count : their role and significance in Latin American development by Alejandro Portes( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What leads to national progress? The growing consensus in the social sciences is that neither capital flows, nor the savings rate, nor diffuse values are the key, but that it lies in the quality of a nation's institutions. This book is the first comparative study of how real institutions affect national development. It seeks to examine and deepen this insight through a systematic study of institutions in five Latin American countries and how they differ within and across nations. Postal systems, stock exchanges, public health services and others were included in the sample, all studied with th
Ciudades latinoamericanas : un análisis comparativo en el umbral del nuevo siglo( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ciudades del Caribe en el umbral del nuevo siglo( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in Spanish and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El país transnacional : migración mexicana y cambio social a través de la frontera( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ethnicities : children of immigrants in America
Alternative Names
Portes, A. 1944-

Portes, A. (Alejandro), 1944-

ポルテス, アレハンドロ

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Spanish (28)

Legacies : the story of the immigrant second generationEthnicities : children of immigrants in AmericaCity on the edge : the transformation of MiamiThe Informal economy : studies in advanced and less developed countriesLatin journey : Cuban and Mexican immigrants in the United StatesThe new second generationThe economic sociology of immigration : essays on networks, ethnicity, and entrepreneurshipEconomic sociology : a systematic inquiry