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The Economic Adaptation of Past and Present Immigrants: Lessons from a Comparative-Historical Approach

Morawska, Ewa (2008) 'The Economic Adaptation of Past and Present Immigrants: Lessons from a Comparative-Historical Approach.' In: Yurdakul, Gökçe and Bodemann, Y Michal, (eds.) Citizenship and Immigrant Incorporation: Comparative Perspectives on North America and Western Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 29-55. ISBN 9780230600133

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Abstract

The essay comparatively examines the contexts and mechanisms of the economic integration of turn-of-the-twentieth-century and contemporary immigrants in the United States. The explanatory strategy used in this assessment falls in-between two strategies of sociohistorical enquiry specified John Hall (1999), namely, particularizing reconstruction of specific histories and generalizing contrast-oriented comparison. The configuration of circumstances shaping immigrants’ economic integration considered in this investigation includes conditions at four levels: (i)the positioning of sender and receiver societies in the global economy and geopolitics; (ii)the dynamics of the economy, immigration policies, and civic culture of the receiver society; (iii)immigrants’ local communities (surrounding and intragroup); and (iv)immigrants’ individual characteristics.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 13:50
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 10:52
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1790

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