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A Sociology of Immigration: (Re)Making Multifaceted America by E. Morawska

By E. Morawska

This book proposes a brand new theoretical framework for the learn of immigration. It examines 4 significant matters informing present sociological reports of immigration: mechanisms and results of foreign migration, procedures of immigrants' assimilation and transnational engagements, and the difference styles of the second one iteration.

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It should be noted, however, that while this limited economic and social contact with native-born Americans resulting from the organization of industrial labor definitely contributed to the absence of mainstream modes of assimilation among turn-of-the-twentieth-century immigrants, the latter had access to a particularly class-specific form of civic-political assimilationqua-Americanization: the labor unions. Although they long excluded “foreigners,” during the New Deal era in the 1930s the labor unions eventually opened their ranks to the new immigrants and their children.

The last agentic circumstance contributing to the diversification of present-day assimilation trajectories or, more accurately, to the prevalence of the ethnic-path mode of incorporation of turn-of-thetwentieth-century immigrants, has been the latter’s widespread “ideological” preoccupation with their homelands which precluded a wholehearted commitment to the host, American society. By the latenineteenth century most of the home countries of South and East European immigrants were still deeply immersed in building national allegiance among the wider populations.

They are made of “germ plasm,” “the Slavs are immune to certain kinds of dirt. They can stand what would kill a white man,” Italians’ “dark complexion . . resembles African more than Caucasian hues,” Jews or “furtive Yacoobs . . S. Bureau of the Census, the American Federation of Labour (AFL), and the like, were common. 6 In comparison, the contemporary racism of Americans has been tempered or potentially tempered by the already-noted shift in the official American civic-political ideology accompanied by the institutionalization of practical measures to realize it, including weapons to fight racial discrimination.

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