I am grateful to Alberto Palloni, Judith Seltzer, Susan DeVos and IMR's three anonymous readers for their insightful and very helpful suggestions. Research for this paper was funded by NIH (NIGMS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: 5F31GM1826002) and NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award (9701739).
Change in Nuptiality Patterns Among Cuban Americans: Evidence of Cultural and Structural Assimilation?1
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2006
International Migration Review
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 525–556, June 2001
How to Cite
Arias, E. (2001), Change in Nuptiality Patterns Among Cuban Americans: Evidence of Cultural and Structural Assimilation?. International Migration Review, 35: 525–556. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2001.tb00028.x
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2006
“Is assimilation dead?” (Glazer, 1993). One group of sociologists argues that the classical assimilation model no longer, if it ever did, serves to facilitate our understanding of immigrant incorporation into American society. Another group contends that it remains a powerful tool. In this paper I test these two alternatives through an analyses of changing patterns of Cuban American nuptiality behavior throughout the 1970–90 period. Based predominantly on PUMS of the 1970, 1980 and 1990 U.S. censuses, I find support for the conjecture that the classical assimilation model, with some modifications, continues to provide us with a viable tool to study contemporary immigrant incorporation in the United States.