Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation: by Reuel R. Rogers

By Reuel R. Rogers

This e-book examines the political habit of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in long island urban to reply to a well-recognized, yet nagging query approximately American democracy. Does racism nonetheless complicate or restrict the political integration styles of racial minorities within the usa? With the arriving of exceptional numbers of immigrants from Asia, Latin the US, and the Caribbean during the last a number of a long time, there's cause once more to think about this question. the rustic is confronting the problem of incorporating a gradual, immense movement of non-white, non-European voluntary immigrants into the political procedure. Will racism make this technique as tricky for those novices because it did for African americans? The ebook concludes discrimination does intrude with the immigrants' adjustment to American political lifestyles. yet their political suggestions and strategic offerings within the face of this problem are unforeseen ones, now not expected through typical debts within the political technological know-how literature.

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The discrimination experienced by recent Latino or Asian immigrants, in fact, may prove to be less like the systematic racial barriers encountered by African Americans, and more analogous to the temporary prejudices 13 14 Transnational attachments likely account for the “tenuous” relationship some Latino immigrants have with the United States (Jones-Correa 1998). See Kim 1999 for a discussion on how the forms of racism Asians encounter differ from those African Americans face. ” This would certainly stand the minority group interpretation on its head.

But according to Dahl, ethnic group politics eliminates the threat of disruption. The process of political incorporation for European immigrants was at the same time a process of deradicalization. Returning to the political learning process framework I sketched at the outset of the chapter, incorporation is not simply a matter of new groups’ becoming active voters and winning representation. It is also a process through which they develop their ideological bearings within the landscape of American politics.

According to this line of thinking, majority-minority electoral districts, minority government contract set-asides, and the like, all give African Americans and other minority populations even better prospects for descriptive and substantive representation. These reforms have cleared the way for non-white minorities, the argument goes, to follow the former European immigrants into full political incorporation. Neopluralist researchers therefore contend recent non-white newcomers are likely to follow the pluralist path marked out by early European immigrants.

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