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A Century of TransnationalismImmigrants and Their Homeland Connections$
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Nancy L Green and Roger Waldinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040443

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040443.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
A Century of Transnationalism

Roger Waldinger

Nancy L. Green

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to build on both the contributions and critiques of the transnational perspective to shed new light on the cross-border activities of migrants and states over the past century and more, emphasizing changing circumstances and changing practices over the longue durée. By bringing together a group of historically minded sociologists and sociologically minded historians, it looks at the transnational practices of migrants under an expanded temporal framework, showing that they are not a turn-of-the-twenty-first-century phenomenon. In so doing, it also demonstrates that the pattern of historical change is far more complicated than the now-then contrasts that have thus far preoccupied scholarly discussions. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   migrants, immigration, transnational practices, transnationalism, historical change

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