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By E. Morawska

This book proposes a brand new theoretical framework for the learn of immigration. It examines 4 significant concerns informing present sociological experiences of immigration: mechanisms and results of foreign migration, tactics of immigrants' assimilation and transnational engagements, and the variation styles of the second one new release.

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The idea of the home-country Fatherland as promulgated by the cultural elites of the then either stateless or recently politically unified origin-nations of immigrants and emulated by immigrant secular and religious leaders, foreign-language newspapers,8 and (parochial) school textbooks in (im)migrant settlements defined the nation as the primordial, The Experience of Old and New Immigrants 25 encompassing symbolic community and nationalism and national identity as a moral imperative and the exclusive loyalty.

The arrival in America of masses of immigrants then and now, both then and now appearing different from and, thus, threatening, to the dominant population, has led to increased concerns among the native-borns about the security of their neighborhoods and work and about the survival of American values, and to a heated public debate about imposing limits on this influx. Unlike today’s debate, however, public pronouncements regarding immigrants a century ago referred to them, as we have seen, in openly racist language representing the new arrivals as inferior and a threat to the integrity of American society.

For claims of the novelty of present-day immigrant transnationalism, see Basch, Glick-Schiller, and Szanton Blanc 1994; Lie 1995; Glick Schiller 1995; Portes 1997. ) Second, both now and then 32 A Sociology of Immigration immigrants’ transnational activities involved several social, cultural, economic, and political areas. Present-day immigrants’ transnationalism differs, however, from that of their turn-of-the-twentieth-century predecessors in four ways. First, the former’s transnational engagements cover much larger distances and are more frequent and intense than those of their predecessors a century ago.

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