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The New Wave Immigration Of Southern And Eastern Europeans

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The supplemental texts of LSP 200 explore the history of the “old” wave immigration of Southern and Eastern Europeans to the United States and compares the experiences of this group with the “new” wave immigration of non-European immigrants to the United States post 1965. One common phenomenon was clearly defined and explained the most important indicator of immigrant success in adapting to American culture, segmented assimilation. Kasinitz defines segmented assimilation as “ various outcomes of the second generation based on different opportunities and social network” (Kasinitz & Mollenkopf, 7). He then provides examples of how public intuitions, such as Urban High School in New York City contribute to this theory by “racializing” and “genderizing” their students (Kasinitz & Mollenkopf, 28-49). The micro aggressions experienced by the Dominican male students of Urban High School, such as the interactions between teachers and students in classroom settings are representative of larger processes that are components of institutionalized racism The lived experience of these students contributes to the disparities in education seen among the second generation, which ultimately diminishes their opportunities and social networks (Kasinitz & Mollenkopf, 29).
Gerber defines segmented assimilation as how “race and social class have combined effects on where immigrants live and eventually go to school, and overall acculturation pattern” (Gerber & Kraut, 21). They cited lower-class
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