Strangers and Neighbors: Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Community in America


Voyer, Andrea M. 2013. Strangers and Neighbors: Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Community in America. New York: Cambridge University Press.
“In this riveting new work, Voyer uses a theoretically critical (and inherently fascinating) case to build new insights into the evolving nature of multiculturalism, citizenship, and the relation between global and local in the emerging ethno-political order of the United States. A truly great contribution not only to our understanding of ethnicity, but of culture as well.” –John Levi Martin, University of Chicago”An extraordinary book that documents, interprets, and explains an extraordinary yet somehow typically American situation. Black Islamic Somalis come to Maine, and Maine first rejects and then incorporates them! Or does it? Bringing creative theorizing together with thick ethnography, Voyer’s cultural sociology of contemporary immigrant incorporation is a major achievement.” –Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University

“The empirical object of Strangers and Neighbors is the ‘diversity trouble’ that arose in a small New England town when an influx of Somali immigrants substantially altered its cultural and racial fabric. But its underlying theoretical object is the larger picture of challenges facing all Americans in an age of growing ethnic diversity. This thoughtful and beautifully written work will speak powerfully to race scholars, students of immigration, cultural sociologists, and specialists in urban studies. But its penetrating insights into the complexities and ambiguities of multiculturalism also will contribute importantly to our broader public debate regarding what incorporation means and how best to achieve it.” –Mustafa Emirbayer, University of Wisconsin at Madison

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