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Puerto Rican CitizenHistory and Political Identity in Twentieth-Century New York City$
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Lorrin Thomas

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226796086

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226796109.001.0001

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How to Study the Postwar Migrant

How to Study the Postwar Migrant

Social Science, Puerto Ricans, and Social Problems

(p.166) Chapter Five How to Study the Postwar Migrant
Puerto Rican Citizen
University of Chicago Press

Research on Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the late 1940s and '50s was animated by the “spirit of reform,” which generated important but not always clear connections between social scientists and the staffs of the growing social service sector dealing with Puerto Rican migrants. But since much of the social science research relating to Puerto Ricans in this period dealt with island issues, social workers and educators in New York organized quickly to fill the void, conducting their own surveys and research to aid in their work with migrants in New York. Bolstered by academic work on the importance of the migration to island development, and by the flurry of interest in their client base, the cadre of educators and social workers who served Puerto Ricans grew exponentially in the early years of the postwar migration.

Keywords:   Puerto Rican migrants, New York city, Puerto Rican communities, educators, social workers

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