"The articles are well done...[T]he diverse academic specialties of the authors and editors...inform the content of the articles... [W]ell researched and worth reading. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice "[A]s a book about how changing patterns of international migration have impacted one city and informed the local ethnic composition of the city's mosaic of old and new immigrant communities, it is a worthwhile collection of historical, sociological, and ethnographic vignettes...Global Philadelphia offers a very effective set of case studies, allowing students to explore different issues of ethnicity and urbanization." Contemporary Sociology
The racial and ethnic composition of Philadelphia continues to diversify as a new wave of immigrants—largely from Asia and Latin America—reshape the city’s demographic landscape. Moreover, in a globalized economy, immigration is the key to a city’s survival and competitiveness. The contributors to Global Philadelphia examine how Philadelphia has affected its immigrants’ lives, and how these immigrants, in turn, have shaped Philadelphia.
Providing a detailed historical, ethnographic, and sociological look at Philadelphia’s immigrant communities, this volume examines the social and economic dynamics of various ethnic populations. Significantly, the contributors make comparisons to and connections between the traditional immigrant groups—Germans, Italians, the Irish, Jews, Puerto Ricans, and Chinese—and newer arrivals, such as Cambodians, Haitians, Indians, Mexicans, and African immigrants of various nationalities.
While their experiences vary, Global Philadelphia focuses on some of the critical features that face all immigrant groups—intra-group diversity, the role of institutions, and ties to the homeland. Taken together, these essays provide a richer understanding of the processes and implications of contemporary immigration to the area.