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Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America

Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America
Author: Cecilia Menjívar
ISBN 13: 9780520222113
ISBN 10: 520222113
Edition: 1st ed
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2000-07-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 319
List Price: $33.95

"This is a richly-detailed ethnographic account that gives us insight into the complex nature of social networks of recently-arrived Salvadoran immigrants. Challenging romanticized notions of immigrant solidarity, Fragmented Ties reveals the problems of obtaining help from relatives and friends with few resources to share. A valuable contribution that advances our understanding of the immigrant experience."—Nancy Foner, editor of New Immigrants in New York

"Menjivar painstakingly describes the 'downside' of immigrant networks. Although there are exceptions in early accounts of the Chicago School of Sociology, nothing similar exists for recent migrants. It is a polished integration of ethnographic research and imagination, not a description of a localized phenomenon. For that reason, this book has significant implications for sociological analysis and it will be read extensively. . . I can imagine it used not only for further exploration of issues of interest to specialists, but also as a tool to instruct students and the wider public about the details of immigrant adaptation."—Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Princeton University Department of Sociology and Office of Population Research

"Framented Ties provides a nuanced and critical analysis of the complexity of immigrant social networks. . . .This astute study of the underside of networks — and of their differentiation by gender, generation, and social class — is a gem of an ethnography that will challenge conventional wisdom on the subject. . . .It is an illuminating look at a significant population — the Salvadorans — that has almost imperceptibly become one of the largest Latin American groups in the United States."—Ruben G. Rumbaut, co-author of Immigrant America: A Portrait

"This is the first book on Salvadorans living and working in California, and it is a treasure. Based on meticulously collected research materials, this ethnography offers one of the most compelling and complex analyses of social networks. Revealing the fluid nature of social networks and the ways in which the intersections of generation, gender and class conspire to both help and hinder Salvadorans' opportunities in the United States, Cecilia Menjivar's book promises to make lasting contribution to the way we think about immigration." —Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, author of Doméstica