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 reviews of immigration: mechanisms and results of foreign migration, strategies of immigrants' assimilation and transnational engagements, and the variation styles of the second one new release.

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The largely non-white composition of post–World War II immigration to the United States has been a contributor and at the same time an effect of this racial dichotomization. Contemporary immigrants classified as black cannot escape their ascription to the second-class group of Americans. In contrast, turn-of-the-twentieth-century immigrants and their offspring—the “dark Caucasoids” according to the mainstream American media—could and did “become white” through cultural Americanization (such as losing their accents, often anglicizing their names, and generally assuming mainstream American lifestyles) and gradual upward mobility into the middle socioeconomic strata.

A century ago immigrant men supervised from across the ocean their family affairs and managed their farms. ” “Homefolk passed judgement on their own in America . . by the standard of the remittances: this one sends much and frequently, so he is diligent and thrifty; that one sends but little and irregularly so he is negligent and wasteful” (Molek 1979: 45). As we shall see in Chapter 5, although in diversified forms rather than mainly through émigrés’ remittances, transnational economic management by immigrants has endured into the contemporary era.

The “Nordic race” was considered superior to all others. In this scheme South and East Europeans—immigrants and their Americanborn children—were perceived as racially (and not just nationally or ethnically) distinct and inferior to the dominant Anglo-Saxon and other Northwestern European groups. 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 .

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