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By Marilyn Halter, Peter L. Berger

An exam of the industrial tradition and small company task of various new migrant teams within the better Boston zone, together with Jews fromt he former Soviet Uion, British West Indians, Greeks, Puert Ricans, Dominicans, Khmers, and Haitians. "An very good contribution to the literature on financial entrepreneurship,showing how immigrations adapt to the yankee monetary tradition by way of construction their very own ethnic ties.

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Currently, the United States and neighboring Canada are the only major industrial societies that have successfully absorbed large numbers of immigrants from just about anywhere in the worldwith very few exceptions, which have specific historical explanations. More than fifty years ago, Oscar Handlin, the father of modern immigration studies, chose Boston as the site for his pioneering investigation of Page 4 Table 1. S. Census, 5% Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) immigrant cultures in an urban setting.

Paramount on his agenda is the need for more qualitative studies. According to Jenkins the possibilities for enhancing this field of scholarship, as well as the ability to more sharply analyze the distinctions between structural and cultural elements, rest with a greater emphasis on comparative research that is firmly rooted in localized indepth case studies. Such an approach, he argues, is the optimal vehicle for determining how decisions are made and actions taken. Although not claiming outright that ethnography is the only or best way to accomplish these objectives, he strongly hints at the significance of anthropological perspectives for garnering the detailed empirical data required to develop convincing cultural models of interpretation.

The Dominican, Khmer, and Haitian populations, however, are arriving in large numbers for the first time with this most recent migration. Particularly in the case of the Greeks, the existence of an already wellestablished coethnic economy serves to enhance the possibilities of success for the newest wave of immigrants interested in going into business for themselves. The bulk of this volume consists of essays based on the empirical research conducted in Boston and devoted to each immigrant population under study.

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