Segmented assimilation: issues, controversies, and recent research on the new second generation

Int Migr Rev. 1997 Winter;31(4):975-1,008.


"The segmented assimilation theory offers a theoretical framework for understanding the process by which the new second generation--the children of contemporary immigrants--becomes incorporated into the system of stratification in the host society and the different outcomes of this process. This article examines the issues and controversies surrounding the development of the segmented assimilation theory and reviews the state of recent empirical research relevant to this theoretical approach. It also highlights main conclusions from recent research that bear on this theory and their implications for future studies." The geographical focus is on the United States.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation*
  • Americas
  • Demography
  • Developed Countries
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Family Characteristics*
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • North America
  • Population
  • Population Dynamics*
  • Social Change
  • Social Sciences
  • Transients and Migrants
  • United States