Premigration Legacies and Immigrant Social Mobility

Premigration Legacies and Immigrant Social Mobility : The Afro-Surinamese and Indo-Surinamese in the Netherlands

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In Premigration Legacies and Immigrant Social Mobility, anthropologist Mies van Niekerk examines the social and economic trajectories of two groups that have immigrated from the Caribbean Basin to the Netherlands: the Afro-Surinamese and the Indo-Surinamese. Drawing on a wide variety of sources including family histories, participant observation, and surveys of educational and employment outcomes, Dr. van Niekerk compares the experiences of two groups who share a sending country, Surinam, and a receiving country, the Netherlands, but who are ethnically quite different. The work is both a focused case study of the Surinamese migration and a comparative work that contributes to the debate about the relevance of 'structural' and 'cultural' factors for the social mobility of immigrant groups.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 498.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739104314
  • 9780739104316

About Mies Van Niekerk

Mies van Niekerk is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Surinamese in the Netherlands Chapter 4 Premigration History: Creoles and East Indians in Surinam Chapter 5 Mobility Trajectories Chapter 6 Careers of Afro-Surinamese and Indo-Surinamese Men and Women Chapter 7 Children of Immigrants and Educational Mobility Chapter 8 Family Background Chapter 9 Social Environment and Networks Chapter 10 Premigration Legacies and Immigrant Social Mobility
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