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EthnoburbThe New Ethnic Community in Urban America$
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Wei Li

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830656

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830656.001.0001

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Ethnoburb

Ethnoburb

An Alternative Ethnic Settlement

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Ethnoburb
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Wei Li

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830656.003.0002

This chapter describes the ethnoburb, a new type of suburb that expresses a set of contemporary ethnic relations involving interethnic group and intraethnic class tension or cooperation in a unique spatial form and internal socioeconomic structure. After providing an overview of the conceptual model of the ethnoburb and linking it to the framework of ethnicity and space, the chapter explains how the ethnoburb is formed as an alternative ethnic settlement. It then discusses a framework of connections between global and national economic restructuring trends as well as possible sites of ethnoburbs, along with other factors that contribute to the formation of ethnoburbs, including geopolitics, U.S. immigration policy, and locality conditions. It also examines the ethnoburb's position in the contemporary socioeconomic and political fabric, as well as how it engages with different kinds of social and economic relationships. Finally, it explores how the ethnoburb differs from ghettos and ethnic enclaves and outlines some theoretical considerations regarding ethnoburbs.

Keywords:   ethnoburb, ethnic relations, socioeconomic structure, ethnicity, ethnic settlement, economic restructuring, geopolitics, immigration policy, ghetto, ethnic enclave

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