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Measuring and Quantifying Cross-Cultural Migrations: An Introduction

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This chapter lays out a method and typology that helps us to make sense of the varied historical experience and that allows us to compare migrations on a global and historical scale, building on our work in this area that started in 2008. The aim is not only to contribute to discussions about levels of migration and mobility in different parts of the world before and after the industrial revolution, but more importantly to understand much better the effect of different forms of migrations on social, cultural, and economic change. As such it will also help to clarify unresolved debates about the relation between ethnic diversity and economic growth or social trust. Conceptual gains has been made by further elaborating Patrick Manning's cross-cultural typology and more particularly questioning his assumption that whole-community migrants do not cross cultural boundaries.

Keywords: cross-cultural migrations; industrial revolution; Patrick Manning



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