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A Sociology of Immigration

(Re)Making Multifaceted America


About this book


This book proposes a new theoretical framework for the study of immigration. It examines four major issues informing current sociological studies of immigration: mechanisms and effects of international migration, processes of immigrants' assimilation and transnational engagements, and the adaptation patterns of the second generation.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of EssexUK

About the authors

EWA MORAWSKA is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. Her scholarly research focuses on comparative-historical sociology of international migration, ethnicity, and citizenship (past and present, North America and Europe). Recent publications include [Im]migration and Ethnic Research Agendas in Europe and the United States: A Comparison; International Migration Research: Constructions, Omissions, and Promises of Interdisciplinarity; Sociology and History of (Im)Migration: Reflections of a Practitioner; Exploring Diversity in Immigrant Assimilation and Transnationalism; Toward Assimilation and Citizenship in Liberal Nation-States.

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'This is a deeply informed, insightful, interesting book, one that moves seamlessly between past and present, bringing great scholarship to bear, but somehow always wearing that scholarship lightly. Presenting a distinctive theoretical approach, grounded in concrete, empirical studies, Morawska's Sociology of Immigration is an essential work, and one that is highly recommended.' -Roger Waldinger, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

'Every book by Ewa Morawska is an event, and so is this one. Like no other book that I know it gives a sense for the complexity and context-dependence, from local to national to global, of the American immigration experience.' - Christian Joppke, The American University of Paris, France

'Morawska is to immigration and sociology what Antony Beevor is to history.' David Marx, Book Review

'Eclectic in scope, learned in formulation, and rich in description, this is a useful, and indeed even essential book for every immigration scholar's bookshelf. It can also be assigned with benefit as an overview volume in graduate or advanced undergraduate classes on immigration or assimilation. Perhaps most important, it inserts additional pieces in the jigsaw puzzle whose solution reveals how immigration id helping to create mre diverse, multifaceted, resiliant, dynamic, and creative U.S. society.'

- American Journal of Sociology