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.

chapter 2|18 pages

Migration and Categorical Inequality

ByDouglas S. Massey

chapter 3|21 pages

Immigration or Citizenship?

Two Sides of One Social History
ByJosiah Heyman

chapter 4|18 pages

Stigmatizing Immigrant Day Labor

Boundary-Making and the Built Environment in Long Island, New York
ByErnesto Castañeda, Kevin R. Beck

chapter 5|16 pages

Migration-Trust Networks

Unveiling the Social Networks of International Migration
ByNadia Y. Flores-Yeffal

chapter 6|22 pages

Ethnic Weddings

Reinventing the Nation in Exile
ByRanda Serhan

chapter 8|31 pages

Ethnic Centralities in Barcelona

Foreign-Owned Businesses between “Commercial Ghettos” and Urban Revitalization
ByPau Serra del Pozo

chapter 9|26 pages

Remittance-Driven Migration in Spite of Microfinance?

The Case of Nepalese Households
ByBishal Kasu, Ernesto Castañeda, Guangqing Chi