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Portes, Alejandro 1944-

Works: 247 works in 779 publications in 3 languages and 22,233 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, edc, Author of introduction, Other, Composer
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Most widely held works by Alejandro Portes
Immigrant America : a portrait by Alejandro Portes( Book )

62 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeks to pull together the many strands of our available knowledge of the new wave of immigration to America and to grasp the diversity and the underlying structures of this immigration
Legacies : the story of the immigrant second generation by Alejandro Portes( )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 2,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One out of five Americans, more than 55 million people, are first- or second-generation immigrants. This study, the most comprehensive to date, probes the lives of the new immigrant second generation, exploring its immense potential to transform American society for better or worse. Whether this new generation reinvigorates the nation or deepens its social problems depends on the social and economic trajectories of this still young population. In Legacies, Alejandro Portes and Ruben G. Rumbaut - two of the leading figures in the field - provide a close look at this rising second generation, including patterns of acculturation, family and school life, language, identity, experiences of discrimination, self-esteem, ambition, and achievement."--Jacket
City on the edge : the transformation of Miami by Alejandro Portes( )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 2,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation. 'America's Riviera, ' projecting fantasies of wealth and excess, Miami occupies a unique place in our national imagination. This thin strip of land between jungle and reef has become the nation's foremost experiment in multicultural living
Economic sociology : a systematic inquiry by Alejandro Portes( )

20 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sociological study of economic activity has witnessed a significant resurgence. Recent texts have chronicled economic sociology's nineteenth-century origins while pointing to the importance of context and power in economic life, yet the field lacks a clear understanding of the role that concepts at different levels of abstraction play in its organization. Economic Sociology fills this critical gap by surveying the current state of the field while advancing a framework for further theoretical development. Alejandro Portes examines economic sociology's principal assumptions, key explanatory concepts, and selected research sites. He argues that economic activity is embedded in social and cultural relations, but also that power and the unintended consequences of rational purposive action must be factored in when seeking to explain or predict economic behavior. Drawing upon a wealth of examples, Portes identifies three strategic sites of research--the informal economy, ethnic enclaves, and transnational communities--and he eschews grand narratives in favor of mid-range theories that help us understand specific kinds of social action."--GoogleBooks
Latin journey : Cuban and Mexican immigrants in the United States by Alejandro Portes( )

15 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Institutions count : their role and significance in Latin American development by Alejandro Portes( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What leads to national progress? This book is a comparative study of how real institutions affect national development. It examines this question through a systematic study of institutions in five Latin American countries, exploring how the institutions differ within and across nations
Ethnicities : children of immigrants in America by Alejandro Portes( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new immigration to the United States is unprecedented in its diversity of color, class, and cultural origins. Over the past few decades, the racial and ethnic composition and stratification of the American population--as well as the social meanings of race, ethnicity, and American identity--have fundamentally changed. Ethnicities, a companion volume to Rubén G. Rumbaut's and Alejandro Portes's Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation, brings together some of the country's leading scholars of immigration and ethnicity to examine the lives and trajectories of the children of today's immigrants. The emerging ethnic groups of the United States in the 21st century are being formed in this process, with potentially profound societal impacts. Whether this new ethnic mosaic reinvigorates the nation or spells a quantum leap in its social problems depends on the social and economic incorporation of this still young population
The Informal economy : studies in advanced and less developed countries( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A New York roofer requests payment in cash. A Bogota car mechanic sets up "shop" on a quiet side street. Four Mexican immigrants assemble semiconductors in a San Diego home. A Leningrad doctor sells needed medicine to a desperate patient. All are part of a growing worldwide phenomenon that is widely known but little understood. The informal or underground economy is thriving today, not only in the Third World countries where it was first reported and studied but also in Eastern Europe and the developed nations of the West. The Informal Economy is the first book to bring together studies from all three of these settings and to integrate them into a coherent theoretical framework. Taking an international perspective, the authors dispel a number of misconceptions about the informal economy. They make clear, for instance, that it is not solely a province of the poor. Cutting across social strata, it reflects a political and economic realignment between employers and workers and a shift in the regulatory mission of the government. Throughout, the authors' theoretical observations serve not only to unify material from diverse sources but also to map out directions for further research."--Back cover
The new second generation by Alejandro Portes( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The children of the recent influx of immigrants compose a second generation far different from any this country has known before. Largely nonwhite and from the world's developing nations, these children struggle with complex problems of racial and ethnic relations in multicultural urban neighborhoods where good jobs are increasingly scarce. The New Second Generation chronicles the lives of second-generation youth in Miami, New York City, New Orleans, and Southern California. The contributors balance careful analysis with the voices of the youngsters themselves, focusing primarily on education, career expectations, language preference, ethnic pride, and the influence of their American-born peers. Demographic portraits reveal that although many immigrant youths are poor, this disadvantage is partially offset by the fact that their parents are typically married, self-employed, and off welfare. Historical analysis of language preferences among Miami's Hispanic youth also reveals their unequivocal preference for English. Still other essays explore the process of adaptation and self-definition among immigrant youth, especially the influences of neighborhood, ethnicity, and family. As immigration continues to change the face of the nation's cities, we cannot ignore the crucial issue of how well the children of immigrants will adapt. The New Second Generation provides valuable insight into issues that may spell the difference between regeneration and decay across urban America
The economic sociology of immigration : essays on networks, ethnicity, and entrepreneurship by Alejandro Portes( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Economic Sociology of Immigration forges a dynamic link between the theoretical innovations of economic sociology and the latest empirical findings from immigration research, an area of critical concern as the problems of ethnic poverty and inequality become increasingly profound. Alejandro Portes's overview of sociological approaches to economic phenomena provides the framework for six wide-ranging investigations into ethnic and immigrant labor networks and social resources, entrepreneurship, and cultural assimilation
Labor, class, and the international system by Alejandro Portes( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Labor, Class, and the International System explores the interface between the labor process, class structure, and the global requirements of accumulation as a necessary complement to the analysis of capital and dominant institutions and focus on this interaction to clarify some of the apparent contradictions and bring the general models in line with empirical reality. The book provides analysis of concepts and hypotheses derived from general theory with available empirical knowledge on each particular topic. Each chapter addresses problem areas namely, international migration; pre-capitalist m
Urban Latin America : the political condition from above and below by Alejandro Portes( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comparative national development : society and economy in the new global order by A. Douglas Kincaid( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Urban Caribbean : transition to the new global economy by Alejandro Portes( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Urban Caribbean studies urbanization in five countries - Costa Rica, Haiti, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica - during the 1980s and 1990s, when the region's economy shifted from one heavily dependent on imports to one directed more to producing exports. This shift caused producers and entrepreneurs to rely more on microenterprises, thus challenging the informal economy networks of the central cities. Sociologist Alejandro Portes and the other contributors use rich, in-depth data to examine both qualitative and quantitative changes in these five countries. Their research method allows them to make generalizations applicable to all five economies while retaining the concreteness of the similarities and differences that make each country unique
Rethinking migration : new theoretical and empirical perspectives by Alejandro Portes( Book )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the increasing worldwide problems of migration, research into its causes and effects become ever more urgent. This volume takes stock of recent advancements that social science research in both Europe and the United States has made to understanding central aspects of international migration. The focus is on conceptual, methodological, and theoretical contributions that have emerged out of empirical research with regard to state policies and interests toward migration, dual citizenship, incorporation, transnational ties, entrepreneurship, illegal migration, intergenerational incorporation, and religion. No other publication brings the scholarship together in a similarly comprehensive manner, showing how the different approaches on each continent complement and speak to one another, thus contributing to the internationalization of migration studies
Current perspectives in Latin American urban research : [papers] by Alejandro Portes( Book )

11 editions published between 1974 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanish legacies : the coming of age of the second generation by Alejandro Portes( )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much like the United States, Western Europe has experienced massive immigration in the last three decades. Spain, in particular, has been transformed from an immigrant-exporting country to one receiving hundreds of thousands of new immigrants. Today, almost 13 percent of the country's population is foreign-born. Spanish Legacies, written by internationally known experts on immigration, explores how the children of immigrants - the second generation - are coping with the challenges of adaptation to Spanish society, comparing their situation with that experienced by their peers in the United States. Using a rich data set based on both survey and ethnographic material, Spanish Legacies describes the experiences of growing up by the large population of second generation youths in Spain and the principal outcomes of the process - from national self-identification and experiences of discrimination to educational attainment and labor-market entry. The study is based on a sample of almost 7,000 second-generation students who were interviewed in Madrid and Barcelona in 2008 and then followed and re-interviewed four years later. A survey of immigrant parents, a replacement sample for lost respondents in the second survey, and a survey of native-parentage students complement this rich data set. Outcomes of the adaptation process in Spain are systematically presented in five chapters, introduced by real-life histories of selected respondents drawn by the study's ethnographic module. Systematic comparisons with results from the United States show a number of surprising similarities in the adaptation of children of immigrants in both countries, as well as differences marked by contrasting experiences of discrimination, self-identities, and ambition"--Provided by publisher
Exceptional outcomes : achievement in education and employment among children of immigrants by María Patricia Fernández-Kelly( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ciudades latinoamericanas : un análisis comparativo en el umbral del nuevo siglo by Alejandro Portes( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state and the grassroots : immigrant transnational organizations in four continents by Alejandro Portes( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whereas most of the literature on migration focuses on individuals and their families, this book studies the organizations created by immigrants to protect themselves in their receiving states. Comparing eighteen of these grassroots organizations formed across the world, from India to Colombia to Vietnam to the Congo, researchers from the United States, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Spain focus their studies on the internal structure and activities of these organizations as they relate to developmental initiatives. The book outlines the principal positions in the migration and develop
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Legacies : the story of the immigrant second generation
Legacies : the story of the immigrant second generationCity on the edge : the transformation of MiamiEconomic sociology : a systematic inquiryLatin journey : Cuban and Mexican immigrants in the United StatesEthnicities : children of immigrants in AmericaThe Informal economy : studies in advanced and less developed countriesThe new second generationThe economic sociology of immigration : essays on networks, ethnicity, and entrepreneurship
Alternative Names
Alejandro Portes American sociologist

Alejandro Portes Amerikaans socioloog

Alejandro Portes sociólogo estadounidense

Portes, A. 1944-

Portes, A. (Alejandro), 1944-

ポルテス, アレハンドロ

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