Hispanic Variations: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans in the United States

Dr. William Egelman
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This paper begins with a historical overview of the immigration/migration experiences of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans to the United States. The second part of the paper examines recent data comparing the three groups with respect regional distribution, education, income and occupation patterns, and martial status. Differences are noted among the three groups. The discussion section examines the concept of "Hispanic" as a viable intellectual construct. The paper suggests that such a pan-ethnic term may have more use as a political construct than a valid sociological concept.

Keywords: Ethnic Studies, Immigration, Hispanic
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Hispanic Variations

Dr. William Egelman

Professor, Iona College
New Rochelle, NY, USA

I have been a member of the faculty at Iona College for over 30 years. I have taught courses in Social Problems, Demography, Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, and the Sociology of the Family. I have written books on Social Problems, Family, and Race and Ethnic Relations. I have authored a number of articles on various ethnic groups in the United States. I have a Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York City. My current research interests are in the area of recent immigration patterns to the United States, and the impact of assimilation through the generations.

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