By E. Morawska
This book proposes a brand new theoretical framework for the examine of immigration. It examines 4 significant matters informing present sociological reports of immigration: mechanisms and results of overseas migration, methods of immigrants' assimilation and transnational engagements, and the difference styles of the second one new release.
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Extra info for A Sociology of Immigration: (Re)Making Multifaceted America
Unknown in the past, the phenomenon of the braindrain or massive emigration of highly educated and highly skilled men and women lured to America and other core countries by the prospects of professional advancement and a much better remuneration presents today a serious problem to the labor markets of un(der)developed economies of sender societies. ) At the same time, however, increased circular migrations of a considerable number of highly skilled migrants and the “return of the brain drain” from core countries to migrants’ home societies have been noted to contribute toward the dissemination in the latter of a technological and entrepreneurial culture and the know-how (Saxenian 2002).
The third important difference between old and new immigrants’ agentic considerations co-shaping their assimilation trajectories has been a sense of civic entitlement among the latter. Having come from still largely traditional, postfeudal societies, turn-of-the-twentiethcentury immigrants had a deeply habituated sense of social ascription, in this case, a “natural” subordination to the better classes at least in the initial decades of their American sojourns, and, deriving from the shared worldviews transplanted from the home-country and from their experience of exclusion in the host, American society, a limited sense of group and individual rights.
Combined with their sojourner mentality, the exclusive obligations embedded in the emerging sense of national identities among turn-of-the-twentieth-century immigrants made them so intensely preoccupied with the affairs in their countries of origin that for an extended period the ethnic “mix” in their assimilation contained predominantly home-country elements and only a small admixture of host-country acquisitions. (On the enduring sojourner mentality of the majority of turn-of-the-century immigrants, see Wyman 1993.