American by paper : how documents matter in immigrant literacy / Kate Vieira.

By: Vieira, Kate, 1977-Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: London : University of Minnesota Press, [2016]Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781452950105; 1452950105Subject(s): Brazilians -- Massachusetts -- Social conditions | Brazilian Americans -- Massachusetts -- Social conditions | Azorean Americans -- Massachusetts -- Social conditions | Legal documents -- Social aspects -- United States | Emigration and immigration law -- United States | Literacy -- Social aspects -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: American by paper.DDC classification: 305.9/069120973 LOC classification: JV6475 | .V54 2016Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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In a riveting account of those pursuing the American Dream, Vieira (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) analyzes the process of immigrant assimilation among Azoreans and Brazilians in the US. The author challenges the notion that new immigrants assimilate by achieving literacy. In four concise but empirically rich chapters, Vieira crafts the argument that immigrants assimilate by achieving mobility through legal documentation of immigrant status. In the first chapter, she shows that legal documentation and literacy mediated immigrants' physical and social mobility. In subsequent chapters, Vieira compares how two migrant groups--Azoreans and Brazilians--who share a common language experience dramatically different outcomes in their pursuit of migration. The author concludes that the role of literacy in assimilation varies by transnational experiences. Based on an ethnography and a critical intervention approach, Vieira's methodology embedded her in a community in which she examined texts and interviewed subjects. This valuable study demonstrates how the interdisciplinary nature of the study of migration and globalization can be examined in humanistic ways. Readers will appreciate the in-depth stories, and scholars will benefit from this new theoretical understanding. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Thomas J. Vicino, Northeastern University

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