The majority of recent immigrants to Canada have chosen to settle in large cities and immigrants have become an integral part of the country's urban experience. How the presence of immigrants shapes the urban structures, and social processes of large cities, and how these structures and processes affect immigrants' ability to adapt to their new surroundings, are the dual foci of Eric Fong's Inside the Mosaic, a collaborative and detailed assessment of immigration in Canada from some of the field's top minds.
Focusing on Toronto, the contributors explore residential patterns, physical environment, family structures, social networks, and health. Their findings clearly demonstrate that the relationships of immigration with urban structures and group processes are multi-faceted, and that the integration process of today's immigrant groups is complex.
Toronto has benefited greatly from successive waves of immigration, but this has never negated the difficulty faced by the city in making adjustments to accommodate newcomers, nor the difficulties faced by immigrants in creating new lives. Inside the Mosaic is an essential tool for understanding the struggle faced by both the city and its new residents, which will bring clarity to a subject that has historically been fraught with divergent views.
Jeffrey G. Reitz
Janet W. Salaff
- Introduction: Immigration, Social Structures, and Social Processes
- Immigration and Diversity in a Changing Canadian City: Social Bases of Intergroup Relations in Toronto
jEFFREY G. REITZ and JANET M. LUM
- Residential Segregation of Visible Minority Groups in Toronto
- Metropolitan Government and the Social Ecology of Minority Residential Distribution: The Experience of Metropolitan Toronto
- Immigration and the Environment: Polemics, Analysis, and Public Policy
- ‘Getting the Message’: Effects of Canadian Law and Social Policy on Families That Immigrate to Toronto
- The Impact of Canadian Immigration Policy on the Structure of the Black Caribbean Family in Toronto
JOE T. DARDEN
- Ethnoracial Differences in Mental Health in Toronto: Demographic and Historical Explanations
JACINTH TRACEY and BLAIR WHEATON
- Does Social Capital Pay Off More Within or Between Ethnic Groups? Analysing Job Searches in Five Toronto Ethnic Groups
EMI OOKA and BARRY WELLMAN
- Different Crossings: Migrants from Three Chinese Communities
JANET W. SALAFF