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What People are Saying

“This very interesting and informative book examines the role of self-employment in the upward mobility of African Americans and Asian immigrants in American society.… An essential book for any college or research library.”—Choice

“The argument is important and very well buttressed by statistical analysis. The sociologists who have worked on Asian and minority entrepreneurship will certainly respond, and the debate will be lively.”—Nathan Glazer, Harvard University

Chapter List

1. Entrepreneurship and Upward Mobility among Asian Immigrants and African Americans

2. Class Resources and Self-employment Entry and Exit Patterns

3. Social Resources Generated by Group Support Networks: Do They Benefit Asian-Immigrant-Owned Small Businesses?

4. Escaping from Self-Employment: An Analysis of Asian-Owned Small Businesses

5. Explaining the Self-Employment Patterns of Asian Immigrants in the United States

6. Financing Small-Business Creation: The Case of Chinese and Korean Entrepreneurs

7. Traditional and Emerging Lines of Black-Owned Small Businesses

8. The Owner’s Human Capital and Market Accessibility: Factors Shaping the Black Business Community

9. Access to Financial Capital: Factors Shaping the Black Business Community

10. Government’s Role in Assisting Minority-Owned Businesses

11. The Meaning of Small Business Success

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Woodrow Wilson Center Press publishes books by fellows, other resident scholars, and staff written in substantial part at the Wilson Center.