By Brian McCook
The problems with immigration and integration are on the vanguard of latest politics. but debates over international staff and the desirability in their incorporation into eu and American societies too frequently are mentioned with no experience of background. McCook’s exam questions static assumptions approximately race and white immigrant assimilation 100 years in the past, highlighting how the Polish immigrant event is suitable to present-day immigration debates on either side of the Atlantic. extra, his examine indicates the complexity of attitudes towards immigration in Germany and the USA, hard historic myths surrounding German nationwide identification and the yankee “melting pot.”
In a comparative research of Polish migrants who settled within the Ruhr Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania, McCook exhibits that during either areas, Poles turn into lively voters inside of their host societies via engagement in social clash in the public sphere to guard their ethnic, type, gender, and non secular pursuits. whereas adapting to the Ruhr and northeastern Pennsylvania, Poles concurrently retained robust bonds with Poland, via remittances, the alternate of letters, newspapers, and widespread go back migration. during this research of migration in a globalizing international, McCook highlights the multifaceted ways that immigrants combine into society, focusing specifically on how Poles created and applied transnational areas to mobilize and achieve real and extra everlasting identities grounded in more moderen generally conceived notions of citizenship.