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Ethnicity, migration and enterprise [electronic resource] /
Prodromos Panayiotopoulos.
imprint
Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
description
xiv, 237 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230229344, 9780230229341
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
isbn
0230229344
9780230229341
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
12026600
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Prodromos Panayiotopoulos is Lecturer in Sociology and International Development at Swansea University, UK. He has researched and published extensively on international migration and the relationship between ethnicity and enterprise development.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-08-01:
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, conservatives argued that multiculturalism hindered the assimilation of immigrants and created ethnic competition between them and the native populations of their destinations, especially in the labor market, where immigrants were viewed as taking jobs that the native born, especially the poor, might otherwise have had. Panayiotopoulos (Swansea Univ., UK) offers an alternative perspective, that immigrants create jobs instead of taking them from native workers. The author begins by critically reviewing the literature on immigration, ethnicity, and economic enterprise, and then presents several case studies of immigrant enterprise and job creation around the world. The author argues that traditional studies of business activities frequently do not give adequate attention to the important relationships between ethnic and class resources in accounting for the winners and losers of immigration. In particular, he suggests that ethnic enclave studies neglect the importance of differentiation within the ethnic communities, and he states that typical transnational thinking ignores the importance of state policy in assuming the permeability of national borders. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and immigration professionals. T. D. Boswell University of Miami
Reviews
Review Quotes
'The author brings further light on the relationship between class and ethnicity which are the two major sociological determinants of social mobility and their integration under the influence of international migration and minority issues.' -Insight Turkey 'This book, part of a series on Migration, Minorities and Citizenship, is..a welcome addition to the literature, offering lecturers a useful examination of ethnicity and enterprise...A great deal of information is packed into some 200 pages and the author's work will certainly inform future teaching for many academics. - Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title examines the development of enterprise among key migrant groups in Europe and the United States. It argues that the development of 'ethnic economies' provides the material basis for alternative models of social integration, such as multiculturalism 'from below', which are critical of mainstream assimilationist thinking.
Description for Bookstore
A study of the development of enterprise among strategic migrant groups in the European Union and the United States
Description for Bookstore
A study of the development of enterprise among strategic migrant groups in the European UnionĀ and the United States
Long Description
Examining the development of enterprise among four strategic migrant groups: Hispanic, Chinese, Turkish and Polish; this book explores migrants contribution to the enterprise spectrum. These entrepreneurs show that far from taking jobs from native workers, immigrants are in fact creating large numbers of jobs, from doner-kebab take-away vendors in Hackney to IT consultants in Silicone Valley. Frequently, the entrepreneurs began as labour migrants. This was the experience amongst many Turkish ex-gastarbeiter in Germany, Hispanic migrants in the US and Polish migrants in the UK. Faced with recession and job-losses many looked to self-employment and small enterprises as a route for survival and self-improvement. Paradoxically, whilst small enterprise is seen as a route for self-improvement, there is also a tendency for many to operate in the informal economy and on the fringes of the law. This book shows how many enterprises have, in fact, come out of the fringes and are joining the mainstream economy.
Main Description
This book examines the development of enterprise among key migrant groups in Europe and the United States. It argues that the development of 'ethnic economies' provides the material basis for alternative models of social integration, such as multiculturalism 'from below', which are critical of mainstream assimilationist thinking.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Ethnicity, Migration, Enterprisep. 5
Turkish Entrepreneurs in the European Union: A Political-Institutional Analysisp. 51
Chinese Entrepreneurs in Europe and the United States: Studies in Informal Economiesp. 75
Hispanic American Entrepreneurs in the United Statesp. 107
Polish Migration and Enterprise in the European Union: Between the Old and the Newp. 141
Conclusion: Winners and Losersp. 175
Glossary of Key Terms and Conceptsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 223
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