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History, Memory and Migration
Perceptions of the Past and the Politics of Incorporation
Edited by Irial Glynn and J. Olaf Kleist
 
 
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04 May 2012
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As the growing diversity of societies is recognised as both an asset and a challenge, academia has been forced to
re-evaluate some of its basic assumptions about migrant incorporation and social memories. However, scholars have rarely combined Migration Studies and Memory Studies to consider how perceptions of the past affect the incorporation of
immigrants in their host societies. The authors in this volume merge the extensive knowledge and relevant findings produced in both fields. They demonstrate, through a series of empirical studies from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, how various actors have referenced diverse conceptions of their local, regional and national pasts to include and exclude
immigrants from receiving societies. By focusing on how the presentation of a certain past relates to the immigration present, the book aims to examine the relationship between the politics of memory and the incorporation of immigrants.


Description

As the growing diversity of societies is recognised as both an asset and a challenge, academia has been forced to
re-evaluate some of its basic assumptions about migrant incorporation and social memories. However, scholars have rarely combined Migration Studies and Memory Studies to consider how perceptions of the past affect the incorporation of
immigrants in their host societies. The authors in this volume merge the extensive knowledge and relevant findings produced in both fields. They demonstrate, through a series of empirical studies from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, how various actors have referenced diverse conceptions of their local, regional and national pasts to include and exclude
immigrants from receiving societies. By focusing on how the presentation of a certain past relates to the immigration present, the book aims to examine the relationship between the politics of memory and the incorporation of immigrants.


Reviews

'This is an exciting new collection which looks at the various and shifting interplays between memory and migration. It is certainly a welcome addition to historiography in this field.'
- Kathy Burrell, De Montfort University, UK
 
"In a world where multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism have come under fire of neo-nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetorics this volume at the crossroad of memory and migration studies is most timely. Its innovative research agenda opens a fresh and much needed impulse that forces scholars to rethink the role of memory (and memory studies) in current scholarly and political discussions about the role of migrants and migration in nation states, and more generally in human societies."
-  Leo Lucassen, professor of Social History, University of Leiden.
 
"A worthy contribution to the area of migration studies that can serve to widen scholarship in the field and inspire readers to take into account the relevance of memory when researching the lives of migrants." - Journal of Intercultural Studies 34:4 (2013)


Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword; J.Winter
Notes on Contributors
The Memory and Migration Nexus: An Overview; I.Glynn & J.O.Kleist
PART I: MIGRANT MEMORIES
Cultures of History:The New Left, South Asians, and Historical Memory in Post-war England; K.Meyers
'I am also a foreigner, but with me it's different': Polish Displaced Persons, War Memory and Ethnification in Belgium; M.Venken
Using History to Relate: How Teenagers in Germany Use History to Orient Themselves Between Nationalities; J.Raasch
PART II: MEMORIES IN DIVERSE SOCIETIES
Caught between Two Worlds: The Europeans of Algeria in France after 1962; M.Baussant
Remembering Egypt: Evangelicals, Conservatism and Immigration in America; H.B.Leaman
African Asylum Seekers and the Changing Politics of Memory in Israel; M.Ram & H.Yacobi
Past Migrations, Contemporary Representations and Complex Multicultures in London; M.J.Hickman, H.Crowley & N.Mai
PART III: MIGRATION MEMORIES AND THE STATE
Famine Commemorations and Asylum Debates in Ireland Conflated; I.Glynn
Migrant Incorporation and Political Memories: Transformations of Civic and Cultural Belonging in Australia since 1949; J.O.Kleist
Songs for the Nation: Migrant Pasts and Global Futures in Singapore; K.E.Y.Low
Notes
Index


Authors

IRIAL GLYNN is adjunct lecturer at University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence, and has held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and New York University. He specializes on migration history and sports history.
J. OLAF KLEIST received a PhD in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He was a visiting fellow at Swinburne University of Technology and at the University of Oxford. He has published about and is interested in the politics of memory, belonging and migration, with a focus on Australia and Germany.