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These contributions represent the essence of the "post-Oscar Handlin" approach to the study of the immigration phenomenon; they are hard-eyed, statistically oriented, methodologically conscious essays dealing with immigration and emigration in realistic terms, eschewing sentiment and nostalgia. These studies exhibit approaches to the collective immigration experience, based on family, class, and ethnic group. The collection is arranged in sections, dealing in turn with migration patterns in world history; ethnicity and social structure; immigration sociology and historiography; new approaches to the study of immigration; and the politics of immigration. In their essays, Philip D. Curtin and Sucheng Chan emphasize the global aspects of migration, pointing out that the US was at times peripheral to world-scale immigration movements, rather than central as traditionally ethnocentric interpretations would have it. The revisionist analyses included here stress the ebb and flow of migration, with groups of immigrants migrating to and from the US almost as "birds of passage," motivated by the upward and downward swings of the economic cycles. The riches in this book are manifold, but given the authors' general lack of writing facility, they are not always easy to read. The collection is, however, extremely important in exhibiting current scholarship in immigration studies. A must for all academic libraries. N. Lederer Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology
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