New Migrants in the Marketplace

Boston's Ethnic Entrepreneurs


More than fifty years after publication of Oscar Handlin's pioneering work, Boston's Immigrants, this book takes a fresh look at the city's most recent arrivals. Although Massachusetts ranks high in the United States in immigrant arrivals, it has been little studied in the scholarship of either recent migration or ethnic enterprise. This book seeks to redress that oversight.

Using an ethnographic, comparative approach, New Migrants in the Marketplace: Boston's Ethnic Entrepreneurs examines the economic culture and small business activity of a range of new migrant groups in the Greater Boston Area, including Jews from the former Soviet Union, British West Indians, Greeks, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Khmers, and Haitians.

Contributors are Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Claudia Der-Martirosian, Marilyn Halter, Violet Johnson, Peggy Levitt, Ivan Light, Caesar Mavratsas, Georges Sabagh, and Nancy Smith-Hefner. The book includes a photo essay by Steven J. Gold.

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