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Patricia Fernandez-Kelly

Office of Population Research
255 Wallace Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

How Does The United States Appear To Children Of Immigrants?

Although their parents cross borders in search of the American Dream, the children of illegal aliens, most of them Mexican and Central American, are increasingly being marginalized and are at risk of ending up in the ‘rainbow underclass.’ The same is true for many youngsters whose parents arrived from Haiti, Jamaica, or the Dominican Republic. Since 2002 I have been investigating the conditions surrounding second-generation immigrants in Southern Florida. Young people are adapting to our pluralistic society by shunning conventional employment and turning to entrepreneurship in order to secure independence and improve their standard of living. Whether as graffiti artists, singers, lyricists, photographers, or Internet Casino operators, the new immigrant generation is discovering innovative ways to define that which is American.

Selected Publications: 

“The Moral Monster: Recasting Honor and Propriety in Prison.” Forthcoming in Latinos in a Global Age (Renato Rosaldo, Editor, Blackwell).

Out of the Shadows: Political Action and the Informal Economy in Latin America (Edited with Jon Shefner, University of Tennessee). Penn State University Press (2005).

“Murdering the Alphabet” – Identity and Entrepreneurship among Second Generation Cubans, West Indians, and Central Americans, (with Lisa Konczal, Barry University). Ethnic and Racial Studies.“ Vol. 28 6(November 2005): 1153-1181.

“The Future of Gender in Mexico and the United States: Economic Transformation and Changing Definitions, in The Shape of Social Inequality: Stratification and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective (David B. Bills, Editor). New York: Elsevier: 255-280 (2005).

"Towanda's Triumph: Unfolding the Meanings of Adolescent Pregnancy in the Baltimore Ghetto, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Vol. 18, No.1(2005): 88-111.