In many countries, immigrant children and the children of immigrants now account for a significant fraction of the entire population of young people. As a result, the experience of these children has become a central topic of investigation among sociologists and practitioners of related disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, education, history, and child development. Scholars involved in these studies of the new second generation—the descendants of immigrants who arrived in the United States after 1965—could integrate life-span perspectives to nuance how changing national settings alters human lives. Work that integrates expertise across fields generates a more refined understanding of the manner in which immigration issues related to social class, generational status, cultural differences, gender, and differentiated familial and societal contexts have long-term effects across the life ...

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