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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
This fascinating and insightful book is a comparative ethnographic study of Vietnamese and Soviet Jewish refugees. While a voluminous refugee and immigrant literature exists, much research follows a narrow, policy-driven focus rather than an independent academic tradition. Authors also tend to concentrate on specific ethnic groups rather than examining parallels or contrasts between groups. Gold, however, asks the broader question of how refugees create ethnic communities which facilitate "accomodation [accommodation] without assimilation" (Gibson 1988). In the process of comparison, he produces novel conclusions as well as hypotheses for further testing.
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