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How the Other Half Works

Immigration and the Social Organization of Labor

How the Other Half Works by Roger Waldinger
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How the Other Half Works solves the riddle of America's contemporary immigration puzzle: why an increasingly high-tech society has use for so many immigrants who lack the basic skills that today's economy seems to demand. In clear and engaging style, Waldinger and Lichter isolate the key factors that explain the presence of unskilled immigrants in our midst. Focusing on Los Angeles, the capital of today's immigrant America, this hard-hitting book elucidates the other side of the new economy, showing that hiring is finding not so much "one's own kind" but rather the "right kind" to fit the demeaning, but indispensable, jobs many American workers disdain.
University of California Press; March 2003
320 pages; ISBN 9780520936171
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Title: How the Other Half Works
Author: Roger Waldinger; Michael I. Lichter