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

By E. Morawska

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

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But the “foreign influence” is not clear in this case. However, with greater certainty, a minority of immigrants who do take the opportunity to vote in local elections in their home countries and who participate in civic-political actions in their native towns or villages—we examine these issues in Chapter 5—also contribute to a transformation of these local agendas and priorities. Finally, the most noticeable effect of past and present immigrants’ activities on their home societies in the sociocultural realm—and the main similarity between the two periods—has been the emergence of the culture of migration understood as the naturalization of cross-border travels as a social norm and cultural expectation.

These restrictions by host political structures have created an army of undocumented immigrants whose beat-the-system/bend-the-law strategies of incorporation into American society, especially in the economic sphere, corrupt, in turn, from below the very system which excludes them. In terms of glocalization, because of the much larger and vocal presence of present-day immigrants in American public life, the blending into the host society’s civic-political culture of these newcomers’ styles (verbal and body language) and concerns (the disadvantaged in their ethnic communities and native regions, civil rights, regional peace efforts) has been much greater than in the era of segmented incorporation and closet ethnics a century ago.

The third effect of contemporary immigrants’ activities with no counterpart a century ago has been large-scale investments of émigré capital in their home-country/-region economies which further the latter’s incorporation into the global capitalist system. As in the case of glocalization effects of immigrants’ activities on their home-society economic structures, the transformative impact of turn-ofthe-twentieth-century and lower-class contemporary immigrants with few resources on their home-country economies has been limited.

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