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The New Immigrant Whiteness : Race, Neoliberalism, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States, Paperback / softback Book

The New Immigrant Whiteness : Race, Neoliberalism, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States Paperback / softback

Part of the Nation of Nations series


Explores the racialization of immigrants from post-Soviet states and the nuances of citizenship for this new diaspora.

Mapping representations of post-1980s immigration from the former Soviet Union to the United States in interviews, reality TV shows, fiction, and memoirs, Claudia Sadowski-Smith shows how this nationally and ethnically diverse group is associated with idealized accounts of the assimilation and upward mobility of early twentieth-century arrivals from Europe.

As it traces the contributions of historical Eastern European migration to the emergence of a white racial identity that continues to provide privileges to many post-Soviet migrants, the book places the post-USSR diaspora into larger discussions about the racialization of contemporary US immigrants under neoliberal conditions.

The New Immigrant Whiteness argues that legal status on arrival--as participants in refugee, marriage, labor, and adoptive migration-- impacts post-Soviet immigrants' encounters with growing socioeconomic inequalities and tightened immigration restrictions, as well as their attempts to construct transnational identities.

The book examines how their perceived whiteness exposes post-Soviet family migrants to heightened expectations of assimilation, explores undocumented migration from the former Soviet Union, analyzes post-USSR immigrants' attitudes toward anti-immigration laws that target Latina/os, and considers similarities between post-Soviet and Asian immigrants in their association with notions of upward immigrant mobility.

A compelling and timely volume, The New Immigrant Whiteness offers a fresh perspective on race and immigration in the United States today.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Migration, immigration & emigration
  • ISBN: 9781479806713

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