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Cross-Cultural Comparison and the Writing of Migration History: Some Thoughts on How to Study Italians in the New World

Samuel L. Baily

in Immigration Reconsidered

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780195055108
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854219 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195055108.003.0009
Cross-Cultural Comparison and the Writing of Migration History: Some Thoughts on How to Study Italians in the New World

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This chapter summarizes the logic of comparative studies, and the work on Italian immigration to Buenos Aires and New York City from 1870 to 1914, and proposes what may be a coming agenda for immigration studies: a comparative typology of immigrant adjustment. It points out the need for more synthetic treatments that would historicize the experiences of all immigrating peoples.

Keywords: New World Italians; migration history; Buenos Aires; New York; George Fredrickson

Chapter.  6526 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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