From Euro- and Afro-Atlantic to Pacific Migration System

Dirk Hoerder

in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936034 | DOI:
From Euro- and Afro-Atlantic to Pacific Migration System

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This chapter discusses the United States and Canada using a continental perspective. It begins with a discussion of the interconnectedness of state-wide, global, and family economies and cultures. The chapter then introduces the agency of migrants, before presenting a summary of three transoceanic migration systems and an evolving continental zone of mobility. This is followed by a discussion of the relationship between free and unfree migrations. The chapter reveals that a continental perspective can show a shift of predominance from Latin America to the Euro-American North. This can be best understood in terms of cultural and bicultural regions. A review of historians' attitudes and paradigms joined to a Euro- or U.S.-centered perspective is included.

Keywords: continental perspective; agency of migrants; transoceanic migration systems; continental zone; mobility; free migrations; unfree migrations; Euro-American North

Chapter.  19089 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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