African Immigrants in the United States: The Gendering Significance of Race? examines recent trends and implications of the growth of African immigration to the United States. Mamadi Corra highlights several resulting sociodemographic processes underway, including the changing composition of the foreign-born and US Black populations. Corra also explores sociodemographic profiles of these “new African Americans” or “new Americans,” highlighting the increasing diversity, yet also the racialized portrait of this group. Corra discusses key patterns including the shifting racial and gender composition of immigrants, with a growing proportion of “Black” and female African immigrants and a decreasing proportion of “White” and male immigrants. The book also compares socioeconomic profiles of African immigrants with other immigrant groups and Native American subgroups. Taken together, Corra discovers that the salience of race that is mediated by gender.
Mamadi Corra is professor of sociology at East Carolina University (ECU).
Chapter 1. Africans in the United States: An Increasingly Visible Immigrant Population
Chapter 2. Patterns of African Immigration to the United States and Sociodemographic Profile
Chapter 3. Immigration and the U.S. Experience: Theoretical Foundations
Chapter 4. An Intra-Group Comparison of African Immigrants in the United States: Gendered Variations?
Chapter 5. African Immigrants in the United States: The Gendering Significance of Race through International Migration?
Chapter 6. African Immigrants in the United States: A Comparison with Natives
Chapter 7. African Immigrants in the United States: Summary and Concluding Observations
"In this clearly written volume, Corra provides a comprehensive analysis of African immigrants' labor force outcomes. This is the first study to encompass movers from the entire continent: North Africa as well as Sub-Saharan. Corra's purview includes Black as well as white, women as well as men. Keeping these distinctions in mind, Corra examines several labor market outcomes. The fine-grained analysis proves worthwhile because the results vary markedly by outcome, place, race, and gender."
"Drawing on various sources of government data, Corra maps the socioeconomic incorporation of African immigrants with keen attention to gender differences and ethnoracial diversity. This book is setting the terms for new debates on the lives of African immigrants in the United States!”
"Mamadi Corra has assembled a fascinating portrait of immigrants to the United States from Africa, examining key dimensions (such as race, gender, linguistic heritage, US legal status) and contrasting socioeconomic profiles across a variety of subsets of the US, US Black, immigrant, and African-immigrant populations. Importantly, this book is grounded not only on key ideas in the migration literature, such as selectivity, but also on key insights about languages and contexts across origin and destination countries. Corra is an insightful guide to a new chapter in the story of US immigration, as newcomers build their lives and, in the process, help build a new country."