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Contemporary Immigration In Comparative Perspective

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This chapter emphasizes that while acknowledging the theoretical merits of &t;transnationalism&t; as a comparative perspective on (contemporary) immigration, the author pays attention to what appear to be major theoretical limitations of this perspective, to which the relevant literature pays little or no attention. The concept of transnationalism stands at the center of the attempt to portray the newness and uniqueness of contemporary immigration, when compared with past immigration or immigrations. The chapter focuses on the connection between immigration and major macro socio-historical transformations, and perhaps even mainly, features that were manifested in past immigrations but are relatively absent in contemporary immigration. It suggests a possible typology of the connections between immigration and major macro socio-historical transformations. The extended comparative perspective and this typology contribute to a more balanced view and assessment of the novelties and distinctiveness of contemporary immigration and transnationalism.

Keywords: comparative perspective; contemporary immigration; socio-historical transformations; transnationalism



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