Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


Date of this Version

December 2001


Published online as a supplement to the December 2001 issue (32:4) of Anthropology & Education Quarterly. Online at Copyright © 2001 American Anthropological Association. Used by permission.


Children of Immigration is a highly readable and welcome addition to the study of contemporary immigration, particularly the experience of immigrant children in the United States. It thoroughly covers a range of immigrant-related issues from the salience of legal status, to the way immigration changes gender roles and parent/child relationships, to the bevy of psychological adjustments required by transnational relocation. The ongoing research of the Harvard Longitudinal Immigrant Student Adaptation Project, which the wife/husband co-authors codirect, provides one foundation for the book’s content, but a multidisciplinary and extensive list of research, plus popular media and more literary sources (such as memoirs of immigrants), are essential and well-integrated complements. Indeed, the use of many accessible and illustrative anecdotes, and the inclusion of specific policy recommendations make this volume particularly well suited as a key issue overview for an education policymaker audience. Curiously, however, unlike practitioners and researchers, policy-makers are not overtly identified as a target audience (p. 12).