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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, methods of immigrants' assimilation and transnational engagements, and the difference styles of the second one new release.

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As historical records indicate, old immigrants managed to save and transfer home to help their families and support charitable initiatives in their villages up to 75 percent of the average laborer’s pay. As their (home-)national identities took firmer root immigrant men 34 A Sociology of Immigration also became involved when an important event or issue in the political affairs of their home countries meant support was needed. ) For the majority of old immigrants and for a considerable segment of the new ones it has also been the projective vision of returning home— an agency-mobilizing representation combining individual motivations to enjoy a good life and an image of increased social status derived from interactions with local residents—which, even when it was never realized, for a prolonged time upheld their engagement in home-country affairs.

A comparison of the impact of turn-of-the-twentieth-century and contemporary immigrants on their host and home societies reveals a picture with recognizable yet distinct features in each period. We first consider the major effects of past and present immigrants’ presence and activities on the host, American society’s national- and local-level economic, political, and sociocultural structures, and, next, on similar structures of their home societies. Thus, both then and now immigrants’ participation in the American labor market has been an integral component of the growth of, respectively, the industrial and postindustrial economies of the country.

Turn-of-the-twentieth-century immigrants’ agentic characteristics further contributed to encompassing character of their ethnic-path incorporation to the host society. They included the already noted lack of familiarity with the English language, the enduring sojourner mentality, and the exclusive obligations of immigrants’ newly formed home-country national identities. In contrast, the operation of the small-scale, informal, and decentralized primary sector of the American postindustrial labor market offers contemporary middle- and upper-class immigrants—a large population without an equivalent a century ago—an opportunity for everyday professional and informal social contacts with natives of similar status and with their cultural activities.

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