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Crime and Immigrant Youth is a unique study of migration as a process that sometimes leads to youthful crime beyond the norms of either the home or host culture. Tony Waters uses data from 100 years of United States immigration records to examine immigrant groups such as Laotians, Koreans and Mexicans in the late 20th century, as well as Mexicans and Molkan Russians in the early years of the century. The study reveals the sequential consequences of a high proportion of young males in an immigrant group: patterned misunderstanding between parents and children; deviant subcultures such as gangs; structural rather than cultural differences with the host community. Tony Waters also devotes a large part of this study to show where and why crime does not develop on account of a large presence of immigrant youth.

Status Adjustment, Socioeconomic Mobility, and the Process of Migration
Status adjustment, socioeconomic mobility, and the process of migration

This process of migration typically includes an attempt to climb a socioeconomic ladder. At the same time, declines in social class or status are also commonly associated with migration, particularly during the period immediately following the migration event. As I have noted in Chapters 1 and 2, these changes can result in profound status shifts within the family, as children move into positions of authority. In some cases, they also result in shifts in status between men and women.

Shifts in social status involve more than just changes in relations within the family. They also involve changes in how immigrant adults are viewed by peers, both inside and outside ...

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