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A Tale of Two Cities by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof 0691149364 9780691149363
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A Tale of Two Cities by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

Refreshing and convincing. Hoffnung-Garskof traces in very specific terms how the existence of transnational networks played out on both ends of the circulating stream of migration between the mid-1960s and the present. He does a very nice job in excavating the intricate ways U.S. economic and military imperialism in the Caribbean shaped Dominicans opportunity structures and influenced their most important life choices. Truly a pleasure to read.| In the second half of the twentieth century Dominicans became New York Citys largest, and poorest, new immigrant group. They toiled in garment factories and small groceries, and as taxi drivers, janitors, hospital workers, and nannies. By 1990, one of every ten Dominicans lived in New York.A Tale of Two Citiestells the fascinating story of this emblematic migration from Latin America to the United States. Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof chronicles not only how New York itself was forever transformed by Dominican settlement but also how Dominicans lives in New York profoundly affected life in the Dominican Republic. A Tale of Two Citiesis unique in offering a simultaneous, richly detailed social and cultural history of two cities bound intimately by migration. It explores how the history of burgeoning shantytowns in Santo Domingo--the capital of a rural country that had endured a century of intense U.S. intervention and was in the throes of a fitful modernization--evolved in an uneven dialogue with the culture and politics of New Yorks Dominican ethnic enclaves, and vice versa. In doing so it offers a new window on the lopsided history of U.S.-Latin American relations. What emerges is a unique fusion of Caribbean, Latin American, and U.S. history that very much reflects the complex global world we live in today.|By using previously untapped sources of data--including oral history among barrio dwellers in Santo Domingo and migrants in New York City--this book goes well beyond previous works that focus only on demographics and socioeconomic issues.A Tale of Two Citiesrecreates the history of Dominican migration from the perspective of lower-class Dominicans--portraying the human face of Dominican migration while still keeping track of the big picture.|Hoffnung-GarskofsA Tale of Two Citiesis a stunning study of Dominican life in Santo Domingo and New York City that raises the bar for transnational-migration scholarship. A work of rigorous research and analysis along multiple lines of inquiry (imperialism, migration, modernization, urban youth culture), it also is a deeply humane book that reveals the manifold ways in which ordinary Dominicans apprehend and make their social world.|A Tale of Two Citiesadds an important new case study and a focus on youth culture to the growing literature that acknowledges the full circuit of migratory experiences. It is one of the best and most empirically grounded of such works.|This detailed, compelling study shows how Dominicans have recreated the modern city in both their national capital of Santo Domingo and Washington Heights in New York through their aspirations, responses to government policy (in both states), and generational change. Hoffnung-Garskoff grounds his study in Dominican national debates over progress and culture before tackling the symbiosis of cities and nations that has intensified since the 1960s. -- G.W. McDonogh, Choice|Rather than an overly optimistic assessment of the transnational condition,A Tale of Two Citiesis a balanced, sophisticated look into the national and community-level challenges for transnational nations and peoples that, though rooted in historical scholarship, also crosses disciplinary lines. -- Marc Simon Rodriguez, Journal of American History|Rather than an overly optimistic assessment of the transnational condition,A Tale of Two Citiesis a balanced, sophisticated look into the national and community-level challenges for transnational nations and peoples that, though rooted in historical scholarship, also crosses disciplinary lines.|[T]he questions Hoffnung-Garskof raises . . . will be of concern a broad array of scholars. The clarity of the writing, together with the wealth of apposite photographs and other illustrations, will make this text an excellent choice for the classroom as well. This capacious and well-told tale of two cities will reward any scholar with an interest in the history of transnationalism, international migration and the Dominican Republic. -- Katja Naumann, H-Soz-u-Kult|This detailed, compelling study shows how Dominicans have recreated the modern city in both their national capital of Santo Domingo and Washington Heights in New York through their aspirations, responses to government policy (in both states), and generational change. Hoffnung-Garskoff grounds his study in Dominican national debates over progress and culture before tackling the symbiosis of cities and nations that has intensified since the 1960s.|[T]he questions Hoffnung-Garskof raises . . . will be of concern a broad array of scholars. The clarity of the writing, together with the wealth of apposite photographs and other illustrations, will make this text an excellent choice for the classroom as well. This capacious and well-told tale of two cities will reward any scholar with an interest in the history of transnationalism, international migration and the Dominican Republic.

Author: Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2010-10-10

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