[URBANTH-L]ANN: Studies of World Migrations, New Book Series

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Sat Oct 15 13:21:26 EDT 2005

[x-posted from H-MIGRATION at H-NET.MSU.EDU]

The first book in the new series of University of Illinois Press Series

The purpose of the book series is to publish and to call attention to the
best and most innovative studies of human mobility and migration, whether
written by historians, social scientists or humanists and regardless of
chronological or geographical focus.  By casting a wide net, we hope to
encourage a more global, interdisciplinary and integrated understanding of
how human mobility helped knit together the many regions of the world over
time.  At the same time we recognize that excellent national and local
studies will continue to provide important building blocks for the
construction of comparative and even global perspectives on how these
interconnections change over the centuries.

The goals of the series are to encourage the study of mobile groups that
are larger or smaller than national groups, the writing of comparative,
transnational and diasporic studies, the study of migrations from
interdisciplinary perspectives, and the creative blending of quantitative
and qualitative methodologies. The series seeks to bring national studies
into dialogue, to encourage world and global histories of migration, to
place national studies of emigration and immigration in comparative
perspective, and to provide a foundation for theoretical work on mobility.

The "Studies in World Migrations" series welcomes case studies, comparative
work, and essay collections.  The editors welcome inquiries and requests
for information about the submission of proposals and manuscripts.  Please

Donna R. Gabaccia and Leslie Page Moch, editors of this series

Donna R. Gabaccia 
Director of the Immigration History Research Center 
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Suite 311
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
drg at umn.edu

Leslie Page Moch
Department of History
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824  USA
 leslie at msu.edu

the first book that came out in this new series is:

Leo Lucassen, The Immigrant Threat. The integration of old and new migrants
in Western Europe since 1850 (University of IllinoisPress, Urbana and
Chicago 2005).


In contrast to the U.S., migration scholars in Europe have never
systematically explored the differences and similarities between the long
term integration process of migrants in past and present. Focussing on
large groups who were seen as threatening by the native population in
France, Germany and the U.K., this book shows that there are a number of
structural similarities in the way migrants and their descendants integrate
into these nation states. Although the emergence of the welfare state and
the revolutions in transport and communication have had an important impact
on both migration and integration, these developments are not likely to
fundamentally alter the long term intergenerational integration process.
Moreover, the problematization of   large and threatening  groups of
immigrants in the past, now past into oblivion, has more in common than
most people realize. The old  migrants (like the Irish in England, the
Poles in Germany and the Italians in France) may have been from European
stock, they were nevertheless perceived as essentially different and unfit
to integrate. A discourse which echoes most of the fears and anxieties (for
example on Muslim migrants) in present day Western Europe.

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