For refugees and immigrants in the United States, expressions of citizenship and belonging emerge not only during the naturalization process but also during more informal, everyday activities in the community. Based on research in the DallasaArlingtonaFort Worth area of Texas, this book examines the sociocultural spaces in which Vietnamese and Indian immigrants are engaging with the wider civic sphere. As Civic Engagements reveals, religious and ethnic organizations provide arenas in which immigrants develop their own ways of being and becoming qAmerican.q Skills honed at a meeting, festival, or banquet have resounding implications for the future political potential of these immigrant populations, both locally and nationally. Employing Lave and Wenger's concept of qcommunities of practiceq as a framework, this book emphasizes the variety of processes by which new citizens acquire the civic and leadership skills that help them to move from peripheral positions to more central roles in American society.Siu, Lok C. D. 2005. Memories ofa Future Home: ... Civic Engagement and American Democracy. Washington, DC: Brookings ... I. Leonard, Alex Stepick, Manual A. Vasquez, and Jennifer Holdaway, 11a36. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
|Author||:||Caroline Brettell, Deborah Reed-Danahay|
|Publisher||:||Stanford University Press - 2011-10-05|