By E. Morawska
This book proposes a brand new theoretical framework for the research of immigration. It examines 4 significant matters informing present sociological reviews of immigration: mechanisms and results of overseas migration, methods of immigrants' assimilation and transnational engagements, and the difference styles of the second one iteration.
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And third, it incorporates the state as a consequential actor in structuring international migration. Having assessed sender and receiver state policies as by and large ineffective in controlling the volume of international migration once it has entered the self-sustaining phase, Massey et al. leave political structures out of their explanatory framework. In reconstructing international migration as a structuration process, we shall move down what Fernand Braudel (1981) called multistoried societal structures: beginning with the top levels of the operation of world capitalism and international political organizations and legal systems traversing the globe in “seven-league boots,” to the intermediate levels of labor markets and national immigration policies, and to the lowest local “structures of everyday life” of potential migrants and, ﬁnally, in this multi-level context, to these people’s motivations and decisions to travel abroad.
They came to work hard in American factories and earned enough money to better the material standard of living of their families at home and, over time, in their ethnic colonies in the United States. The second, related difference between past and present immigrants’ orientations and practices regarding their experience in America concerns their practical-and-projective considerations regarding the use of social networks of assistance in the realization of their projects. Whereas both turn-of-the-previous-century and contemporary immigrants have relied on the social support networks of their fellow-ethnics and on cultural bonds provided by their ethnic communities to help them integrate into American society, as pointed out at the beginning of this section, present-day immigrants, men and women alike, equipped with strong human capital and high aspirations of success can and do assimilate directly, by mobilizing the faculties of their human agency on an individual basis, into the economy and society of mainstream society and its “dominant proﬁle of cultural orientation” (Kluckhohn 1950).
9 The openly nativist, anti-foreign political discourse of the American establishment did not encourage ventures into the host society. Turn-of-the-twentieth-century immigrants’ agentic characteristics further contributed to encompassing character of their ethnic-path incorporation to the host society. They included the already noted lack of familiarity with the English language, the enduring sojourner mentality, and the exclusive obligations of immigrants’ newly formed home-country national identities.
A Sociology of Immigration: (Re)Making Multifaceted America by E. Morawska