1st Edition

Immigration and Categorical Inequality Migration to the City and the Birth of Race and Ethnicity

Edited By Ernesto Castañeda Copyright 2018
    214 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Immigration and Categorical Inequality explains the general processes of migration, the categorization of newcomers in urban areas as racial or ethnic others, and the mechanisms that perpetuate inequality among groups. Inspired by the pioneering work of Charles Tilly on chain migration, transnational communities, trust networks, and categorical inequality, renowned migration scholars apply Tilly’s theoretical concepts using empirical data gathered in different historical periods and geographical areas ranging from New York to Tokyo and from Barcelona to Nepal. The contributors of this volume demonstrate the ways in which social boundary mechanisms produce relational processes of durable categorical inequality. This understanding is an important step to stop treating differences between certain groups as natural and unchangeable. This volume will be valuable for scholars, students, and the public in general interested in understanding the periodic rise of nativism in the United States and elsewhere.

    1. Understanding Inequality, Migration, Race, and Ethnicity from a Relational Perspective – Ernesto Castañeda
    2. Migration and Categorical Inequality – Douglas Massey
    3. Immigration or Citizenship? Two Sides of One Social History – Josiah McC. Heyman
    4. Stigmatizing Immigrant Day Labor: Boundary-Making and the Built Environment in Long Island, New York – Ernesto Castañeda and Kevin R. Beck
    5. Migration-Trust Networks: Unveiling the Social Networks of International Migration -- Nadia Y. Flores-Yeffal
    6. Ethnic Weddings: Reinventing the Nation in Exile – Randa Serhan
    7. Trust Networks and Durable Inequality among Korean Immigrants in Japan – Hwaji Shin
    8. Ethnic Centralities in Barcelona: Foreign-Owned Businesses between "Commercial Ghettos" and Urban Revitalization – Pau Serra del Pozo
    9. Remittance-driven Migration in spite of Microfinance? The Case of Nepalese Households – Bishal Kasu, Ernesto Castañeda, Guangqing Chi

    About the Contributors


    Ernesto Castañeda is Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University in Washington, DC. He is the author of A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona (Forthcoming Stanford University Press, 2018), coeditor with Cathy L. Schneider of Collective Violence, Contentious Politics, and Social Change: A Charles Tilly Reader (Routledge, 2017), and coauthor with Charles Tilly and Lesley Wood of Social Movements 1768–2018 (Forthcoming Routledge, 2018). He has published articles on social movements, immigration, borders, and homelessness. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University.


    Inspired by Charles Tilly’s brilliant insights, Ernesto Castañeda has assembled a superb roster of scholars to explore links between migration and the creation and persistence of inequality. Timely and engaging, Immigration and Categorical Inequality makes a novel contribution to scholarly debates. It will also interest a broad audience eager to understand migration. —Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University

    Ernesto Castañeda's introductory tribute to the broad sweep of Charles Tilly’s scholarship, along with studies of migrant categorization, networks, and inequality, insightfully illuminate the relational processes of social closure based on nationality, race, and ethnicity. It is a "must read" for those interested in social exclusion mechanisms. —Hilary Silver, George Washington University

    Drawing on Charles Tilly’s foundational theorizing on migration and social boundaries, the chapters in Immigration and Categorical Inequality draw on an array of methods and contexts to show how categories of race and nation become reified, reinterpreted, redrawn. The authors in this volume stand on the shoulders of a social science giant in Tilly to help us see further into how migration shapes life across the globe. —Tomás R. Jiménez, Stanford University

    Tilly’s relational perspective on human migration offers a fresh approach to understanding a social phenomenon affecting communities across the globe. The edited collection not only introduces Tilly’s relational approach to migration scholars but also offers new theoretical and empirical insights into contemporary processes of immigrant incorporation, social networks, group boundaries, and inequality. Castañeda’s collection successfully demonstrates the continued vitality of Tilly’s scholarship for contemporary and future migration scholars. — Ali Chaudhary, Rutgers University