Immigrant Dreams

Sociologist Smitha Radhakrishnan reviews the books The Managed Hand and The New Entrepreneurs. Each illustrates the opportunity and systematic discrimination faced by immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States. These works push us to reconsider the importance of minority business owners in continuing to make the American dream real for all of us.

Further Reading

Honig, Bonnie. 2003. Democracy and the Foreigner. Princeton University Press. Discusses the idea that constructing a foreigner is an idea that democracy relies upon in order to persist over time.

Dhingra, Pawan. 2012. Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream. A new ethnographic study of another important group of ‘model minority’ immigrant entrepreneurs.