Rethinking Assimilation Theory for a New Era of Immigration 1

  title={Rethinking Assimilation Theory for a New Era of Immigration 1},
  author={Richard Alba and Victor Nee},
  journal={International Migration Review},
  pages={826 - 874}
  • R. Alba, V. Nee
  • Published 1 December 1997
  • Economics
  • International Migration Review
Assimilation theory has been subject to intensive critique for decades. Yet no other framework has provided the social science community with as deep a corpus of cumulative findings concerning the incorporation of immigrants and their descendants. We argue that assimilation theory has not lost its utility for the study of contemporary immigration to the United States. In making our case, we review critically the canonical account of assimilation provided by Milton Gordon and others; we refer to… 
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