Summary Of Beyond The Melting Pot

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I love One Out of Three’s cover design by Orlando Hoetzel. I think the illustration’s bright colors and stylized depictions of New York residents and their neighborhoods are extremely reflective of book’s message. Throughout the first three chapters there is an emphasis on the cyclical nature of immigration – the idea that immigrants are changed by New York and, in turn, New York is changed, is benefited, by immigration. This book, having been published in 2013, is obviously more reflective of current sociological methods and perspectives than Beyond the Melting Pot, published in 1970 It is therefore a lot more comfortable to read. I was struck by both the wealth of statistical information given in the first three chapters and the emphasis on personal experiences and narrative style sociology. I am sure this approach will become even more apparent in the coming chapters that explore individual immigrant groups. Overall I felt that this book was a welcome tone shift from both the last text and the conservative rhetoric that…show more content…
The quote “New Yorkers… are happy to tell themselves this story [of successive integration of immigrant groups]. It may not be completely true, but the fact that they tell it, and believe it, is significant and may help them to make it come true” presents an interesting paradox. It exposes the differences between New Yorkers’ perceptions of immigration and the reality that immigrants face. Still this idea that simply believing in in the myth of successive immigration influences that character of the city is really interesting. I also found the idea of New York as a unique immigrant city to be very compelling. In Beyond the Melting Pot New York is characterized as unique simply due to the volume of immigration. But today, and in One Out of Three, New York is unique because of the diversity of immigrants, the fact that no singular immigrant group
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