Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.
Chapter 34: Second Generation
Immigration has transformed many societies around the world, in some cases over many decades. The children of immigrants hold a special place in those [Page 125]transformations. They generally have greater rights of residence and membership (sometimes including automatic/birthright citizenship) and encounter local schools and other institutions of socialization. They therefore ought to have better prospects for integration and/or assimilation, and they are perhaps even the main ‘agents’ of the integration process. How and to what extent the second generation becomes integrated is thus a core question of immigration research. This question is multifaceted and includes: the processes by which the second generation learns the language and culture of ...