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Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur, and Nirvikar Singh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190648749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648749.001.0001

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A Coat of Many Colors

A Coat of Many Colors

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The Other One Percent

Sanjoy Chakravorty

Devesh Kapur

Nirvikar Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the demographic and spatial diversity of Indian Americans by disaggregating them by the geography of origin in India and the geography of settlement in the United States. This highlights the clusters, concentrations, and inequalities among Indian Americans. There are two key findings. First, the two initial waves of immigrants, dominated by Gujaratis and Punjabis, were overwhelmed in numbers by the third wave, the IT Generation, which was dominated by Telugus and Tamils, and had significantly higher levels of educational attainment and income. Second, the concentration of Indians in a handful of occupations (especially the IT sector), along with the clustering of these occupations in a few suburban locations, created a new, specialized settlement form called the “ethno-techno-burb” (distinct from the traditional “ethnic enclave” or newer “ethno-burb”).

Keywords:   High-technology clusters, occupational concentration, income inequality, spatial inequality, Indian languages

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