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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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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
A Century of Transnationalism
Author(s):

Roger Waldinger

Nancy L. Green

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040443.003.0001

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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