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Contemporary Migrations in the Humanistic Coefficient Perspective

Florian Znaniecki’s Thought in Today’s Social Science Research

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Edited By Jacek Kubera and Łukasz Skoczylas

This book presents contributions from migration sociologists inspired by Florian Znaniecki’s theory and the results of his studies to conduct their own research in countries like Austria, China, Greece and Poland. The authors evaluate today’s migration phenomena with reference to a coherent theoretical system. The book can be used as a manual presenting the tools for examining the migration experience from many angles: a sense of national identity (ethnic and civic), family ties, the importance of the social environment in the process of an individual’s integration with the society or an evolution of entire social systems within which the migrants operate.

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Social Remittances into Family Lives in The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (Marta Buler / Izabela Grabowska)

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Marta Buler

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Warsaw

Izabela Grabowska

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Centre of Migration Research University of Warsaw Warsaw

Social Remittances into Family Lives in The Polish Peasant in Europe and America

Abstract: Social remittances are all non-financial “assets” circulated by migrants across various social spheres. This is a very handy modern concept which might facilitate capturing intra- and inter-family transfers visible on the pages of The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (1918–1920) by Thomas and Znaniecki. Main aims of this chapter are to reconstruct the process of transfer of social remittances into the lives of families writing in The Polish Peasant and to showcase the outcomes of this transfer in family lives in the past.

Keywords: Polish Peasant; transfer of social remittances; family life; migration; biographical method

1. Introduction

Migration has for ages been the subject of theoretical and empirical considerations of social sciences. Both as a social phenomenon per se but also as a process intertwined with other social processes, such as social change. One of the seminal examples of such study is The Polish Peasant in Europe and America by Thomas and Znaniecki (1918–1920) which was a bridge between the 19th century social theory and modern social sciences, between traditional and modern societies (Zaretsky 1984). “The initial purpose of The Polish Peasant in Europe and America lay...

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