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Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration$
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Graciela S. Cabana and Jeffery J. Clark

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036076

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036076.001.0001

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Modern Perspectives on Ancient Migrations

Modern Perspectives on Ancient Migrations

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Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda

University Press of Florida

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

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