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Life Lines : Community, Family, and Assimilation among Asian Indian Immigrants

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Asian Indians figure prominently among the educated, middle class subset of contemporary immigrants. They move quickly into residences, jobs, and lifestyles that provide little opportunity with fellow migrants, yet they continue to see themselves as a distinctive community within contemporary American society. In Life Lines Bacon chronicles the creation of a community - Indian-born parents and their children living in the Chicago metropolitan area - bound by neither geographic proximity, nor institutional ties, and explores the processes through which ethnic identity is transmitted to the next generation. Bacon's study centres upon the engrossing portraits of five immigrant families, each one a complex tapestry woven from the distinctive voices of its family members. Both extensive field work among community organizations and analyses of ethnic media help Bacon expose the complicated interplay between the private social interactions of family life and the stylized rhetoric of "Indianness" that permeates public life. This inventive analysis suggests that the process of assimilation which these families undergo parallels the assimilation process experienced by anyone who conceives of him or herself as a member of a distinctive community in search of a place in American society.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 726.57g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195099729
  • 9780195099720

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Bacon shows us that to truly understand the concept of assimilation we must look at the connection between individual experiances and rhetoric at the level of the family, organization, and larger society. The book is well written, rich in analysis, and makes an important contribution to the field. * International Migration Review * Bacon's study of the Asian Indian community in Chicago adds measureably to our understanding of the unique travails experienced by Asian Indians in their adopted homeland. ... Life Lines is a highly informative and enjoyable book. * Social Forces * Bacon shows us that to truly understand the concept of assimilation we must look at the connection between individual experiances and rhetoric at the level of the family, organization, and larger society. The book is well written, rich in analysis, and makes an important contribution to the field. * International Migration Review * Bacon's study of the Asian Indian community in Chacago adds measureably to our understanding of the unique travails experienced by Asian Indians in their adopted homeland. ... Life Lines is a highly informative and enjoyable book. * Social Forces *show more

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Bacon's study centers upon the engrossing portraits of five immigrant families, each one a complex tapestry woven from the distinctive voices of family members. Attended by extensive field work among community organizations and analysis of ethnic media, Bacon exposes the interplay between the dense social interactions of family life, the primary locus of the experience of "Indianness", and the stylized rhetoric of "Indianness" that emanates from the world of voluntary associations and the ethnic press. This inventive analysis suggests that the process of assimilation which these families undergo parallels that experienced by anyone who conceives of him or herself as a member of a distinctive community in search of a place in American society.show more