In Lady Liberty's Shadow: The Politics of Race and Immigration in New Jersey

In Lady Liberty's Shadow: The Politics of Race and Immigration in New Jersey

by Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

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Home to Ellis Island, New Jersey has been the first stop for many immigrant groups for well over a century. Yet in this highly diverse state, some of the most anti-immigrant policies in the nation are being tested. American suburbs are home to increasing numbers of first and second-generation immigrants who may actually be bypassing the city to settle directly into the neighborhoods that their predecessors have already begun to plant roots in—a trajectory that leads to nativist ordinances and other forms of xenophobia.
In Lady Liberty’s Shadow examines popular white perceptions of danger represented by immigrants and their children, as well the specter that lurks at the edges of suburbs in the shape of black and Latino urban underclasses and the ever more nebulous hazard of (presumed-Islamic) terrorism that threatening to undermine “life as we know it.” Robyn Magalit Rodriguez explores the impact of anti-immigrant municipal ordinances on a range of immigrant groups living in varied suburban communities, from undocumented Latinos in predominantly white suburbs to long-established Asian immigrants in “majority-minority” suburbs. The “American Dream” that suburban life is supposed to represent is shown to rest on a racialized, segregated social order meant to be enjoyed only by whites. Although it is a case study of New Jersey, In Lady Liberty’s Shadow offers crucial insights that can shed fresh light on the national immigration debate. 

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ISBN-13: 9780813570082
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/22/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

ROBYN MAGALIT RODRIGUEZ is an associate professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Workers to the World and the coauthor of Asian-America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1 The Politics of Immigration and Race in the “Garden State”

2 My Hometown: Immigration and Suburban Imaginaries

3 The New “Main Street”?: Ethnoburbs and the Complex Politics of Race

4 Being the Problem: Perspectives from Immigrant New Jerseyans

5 Fighting on the Homefront

6 Conclusion


Selected Bibliography


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