From “Different” to “Similar”

  title={From “Different” to “Similar”},
  author={Ariela Schachter},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={1013 - 981}
Assimilation is theorized as a multi-stage process where the structural mobility of immigrants and their descendants ultimately leads to established and immigrant-origin populations developing a subjective sense of social similarity with one another, an outcome I term symbolic belonging. Yet existing work offers little systematic evidence as to whether and how immigrants’ gains—in terms of language ability, socioeconomic status, neighborhood integration, or intermarriage—cause changes in the… 

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