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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
This collection of sixteen essays stems from the proceedings of a 1986 symposium commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Based on work by American and European scholars, this volume owes its strength to transnational and comparative perspectives and to theoretical approaches strongly inspired by Frank Thistlethwaite’s influential 1960 essay “Migration from Europe Overseas in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century.” Reprinted in the present volume, Thistlethwaite’s paper advocated studying European migration -- and return migration -- as a means of social mobility in the context of industrialization and capitalism, within Europe and overseas. And it suggested that researchers scrutinize the particular economic, political, and cultural environments of the sending regions which created the propensity -- or lack thereof -- to migrate.
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