Diverse Contexts of Reception and Feelings of Belonging

  • Alex Stepick Florida International University
  • Carol Dutton Stepick Florida International University
Keywords: context of reception, immigration, Miami, South Florida, young adults, regional variation


The theoretical focus of this paper is the context of reception experienced by migrants in their new homeland. In particular we examine relations between established residents and newcomers or immigrants from Cuba, Haiti, and other Caribbean and Latin American nations in South Florida. Based upon long term fieldwork among late adolescents and young adults, we develop a framework and give ethnographic examples of established resident-newcomer relations that influence the contexts of reception for immigrants in South Florida. These contexts range from positive to negative, vary between national and local settings, and change over time. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0903156


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Author Biographies

Alex Stepick, Florida International University
Alex STEPICK is Director of the Immigration & Ethnicity Institute and Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. He is also Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Health and Social Inequalities Research at Portland State University. His most recent book is Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City: Religion, Immigration and Civic Engagement in Miami, Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Carol Dutton Stepick, Florida International University
Carol DUTTON STEPICK is the Field Research Director for the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy and the Immigration & Ethnicity Institute in the Center for Labor Research and Studies at Florida International University. She has been working on immigration and community development issues for the past 30 years.