Modern Perspectives on Ancient Migrations

Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda

in Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036076
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041780 | DOI:
Modern Perspectives on Ancient Migrations

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From the perspective of a contemporary immigration specialist, this chapter assesses the extent to which current population movements may be different from those in the distant past. People in ancient times moved more for environmental than purely economic reasons and population pressures and human conflict also played a much greater role. Migrations also seemed to have been large, collective movements of entire peoples over considerable time periods and distances that could displace or absorb local populations. In contrast, because today's population movements are more temporary, internal, and individualized, immigrants are always ethnic minorities that assimilate to the societies where they reside. However, the chapter also points out that some of these apparent differences between contemporary and ancient migrations may be related to methodological limitations inherent in studying the distant past.

Keywords: migration; immigration; population movement; human conflict; ancient times

Chapter.  9982 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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