By Simla Dogangun. There has been a drastic change in the traditional conception of world literature in the last two decades: from a space that consists of canonical, high-cultural texts which have traditionally acted as arbiters of literary value, it has transformed into a capitalist-driven nebulous field in which literary works circulate in the same manner as goods do.
Elliot Young reminds us to consider migrants not only as victims, as the objects of others’ actions, but also as subjects with their own agency. This shift in perspective has implications for how we understand migration facilitation.
Child migrants often turned to their peers to obtain certain kinds of information. Finding their peers in other towns meant turning to the migration agencies, which generated and archived revealing sources.
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The author examines records from trade union seminars given by IG Metall to Yugoslav workers in West Germany. Initially, the classes reflected the union’s needs, but xenophobia in the 1980s led immigrant workers to express their own concerns in these meetings.
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In this two-part piece about Jewish refugee photographers, the authors “travel to another historical context to inquire about what migrants and refugees ‘knew’ and how they choose to communicate their knowledge in their photographic work.”
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Finding suitable teaching materials to prepare Jewish children and youth for their new lives in Palestine after having survived the Holocaust presented a unique set of challenges.
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Using oral history, the author explores how a Polish Jewish family “used knowledge as a strategy not merely to survive but to build a new life” in what turned out to be a highly contingent transit process.
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Migration strategies and state regulative measures exist in a dialectical relationship. The author looks at state efforts to control emigration from the Habsburg monarchy and the efforts of migration facilitators to satisfy demand for passage to South America.
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Emil Trinkler didn’t migrate as such, but Marjan Wardak’s article speaks to central themes on this blog. People and knowledge itself is on the move, interacting with go-betweens and yielding something new.
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By Zeynep Türkyilmaz. Entering my usual keywords randomly to see what is out there in my areas of interest, I came across a diary of a Turkish soldier kept during the year 1938.
The author looks at the relationship between two famous early sociological community studies, “Middletown” and “Marienthal.” The latter became Paul Lazarsfeld’s “ticket out of Europe just as the continent was descending into fascism.”
The post Drifting Along: Unemployment and Interwar Social Research, from Marienthal to Muncie first appeared in Migrant Knowledge.
The author discusses the source value of U.S. immigrant newspapers. If there are many reasons to approach them with caution, they can still help scholars learn “what migrants knew and wanted their fellow migrants to know…”
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“The Ideological Deportation of Foreigners and ‘Local Subjects of Foreign Extraction’ in Interwar Egypt” – Interview with Rim Naguib
Rim Naguib’s article, “The Ideological Deportation of Foreigners and ‘Local Subjects of Foreign Extraction’ in Interwar Egypt”, was published by the Arab Studies Journal this fall. In this interview, Rim discusses her research interests, her recent article, and the complex relationships between colonial legacies and processes of national independence in (interwar) Egypt.
W. F. Whyte’s ‘Street Corner Society’ became a popular text for sociology students, but specialists in Italian American studies never warmed to it. Donna Gabaccio explains why with “a hidden history of gender and ethnic dynamics” in the academy.
From Hoyerswerda to Welcome Culture: Asylum and Integration Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany
Annette Lützel explains the FRG’s very different responses to the large numbers of refugees who came in the early 1990s and in 2015. Citing recent employment and job-training numbers, she sees an ongoing positive trend.
In October 2020, the five-year research project “Refugees and Revolution in the Atlantic World (1770s–1820s)” started. The project will undertake a systematic exploration of the period as an age of…
“Migration” is not a stable, preexisting category but rather a product of societal processes that shape what the term comprises. We must take these entanglements with the past into account in our present-day research.
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