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The New-Old Transmigrants, their Transnational Lives, and Ethnicization: a Comparison of 19th/20th and 20th/21st C. Situations


  • Morwaska, E.


Transnationalism has two interpretations. In the first one, transnationalism refers to some combination of plural-civic memberships , economic involvements, social networks, and cultural identities reaching across and linking people and institutions in two or more nation-states in diverse, multillayered patterns. The author uses this first interpretation and argues that this new transnationalism literature makes several incorrect assumptions about the nature of the last (1880s-1914) great wave of (im)migration to the United States and the historiography it generated and, on this basis, unsupported claims as to the supposedly novel features of its present-day successor and, specifically, the unprecedented transnational character of contemporary (im)migrants' lives.

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  • Morwaska, E., 1999. "The New-Old Transmigrants, their Transnational Lives, and Ethnicization: a Comparison of 19th/20th and 20th/21st C. Situations," Papers 99/2, European Institute - European Forum.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:euroef:99/2

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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada


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