Immigration Reconsidered: History, Sociology, and Politics

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorVirginia Yans-McLaughlin

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Providing an interdisciplinary and global perspective on immigration to the United States, this collection of essays brings together the work of leading scholars in the field--including the work of such distinguished historians, sociologists, and political scientists as Charles Tilly, PhilipCurtin, Kirby Miller, Sucheng Chan, Alejandro Portes, Lawrence Fuchs, and Aristide Zolberg--and represents an important step forward in the development of immigration studies. The book helps redirect thinking on the subject by giving a summary of the current state of immigration studies and acoherent new perspective that emphasizes the international dimensions of the immigrant experience from the time of the slave trade to present-day movements of Asian and Latin American peoples. Immigration Reconsidered challenges ethnocentric American or European perspectives on immigration, disputesthe classical assimilation model of a linear progression of immigrant cultures toward a dominant American national character, questions human capital theory as an explanation of ethnic group achievement, reveals conflicting ethnic and racial attitudes toward immigration restriction, and examines therevival of interest in oral history, immigrant autobiographies, and other subjective documents. Offering a new approach to immigration studies for the 1990s, Immigration Reconsidered is important reading for anyone who wants to know how the America came to be as it is today.

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Providing an interdisciplinary and global perspective on immigration to the United States, this collection of essays brings together the work of leading scholars in the field--including the work of such distinguished historians, sociologists, and political scientists as Charles Tilly, PhilipCurtin, Kirby Miller, Sucheng Chan, Alejandro...

Virginia Yans-McLaughlin is at Rutgers University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019505511X

ISBN - 13:9780195055115

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"A series of first-rate articles which approach the matter of immigration from a number of perspectives, all of which are nicely integrated. These essays reflect the most up-to-date scholarship in the field, and provide a global dimension to a topic which traditionally was considered somewhatin a vacuum. All in all, this book should find wide use and application."--Gerald Michael Schnabel, Bemidji State University