GSE Faculty Research

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 2004


Ethnographers for nearly a century have been entering the everyday worlds of immigrants and their children to learn about the process of becoming American. We have studied immigration by "being there," by engaging in ethnographic encounters in the places where immigrants and their children live their everyday lives. Numerous classic ethnographies have been produced, yet studying immigration ethnographically could still be considered paradoxical. For while ethnographers traditionally attend to localized everyday experience, immigrant incorporation involves the interplay of transnational, national, and local processes.


Postprint version. Published in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 595, Issue 1, September 2004, pages 108-121.



Date Posted: 30 April 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.