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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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“Don’t Call Us ‘Polonia’”: Attitudes towards Migration, Migrants and Diaspora among Poles in South China (Izabela Kujawa)

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Izabela Kujawa

Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań Poznań

“Don’t Call Us ‘Polonia’”: Attitudes towards Migration, Migrants and Diaspora among Poles in South China

Abstract: This paper introduces basic information on Poles living in China. It is based on 13 semi-structured interviews conducted among migrants living in the south of the country. Drawing from the principles of humanistic sociology and, in particular, humanistic coefficient, as developed by Znaniecki, it focuses on the migration as it is experienced and described by different individuals. It aims at analyzing their evaluation of migration, as well as their attitudes towards other migrants and formation of diaspora.

Keywords: migration; China; Poland; diaspora; experience of migration

Dirk Hoerder, in his paper published in the special edition of Journal of American Ethnic History devoted entirely to immigration history and migration studies, compared The Polish Peasant in Europe and America to “a light-house from the early years of research on immigrants and their cultures of origin” (Hoerder 1996: 26). Indeed, this voluminous work prepared by Florian Znaniecki and his American colleague William I. Thomas was in many respects ahead of its time and earned the two researchers recognition in the sociological community around the globe (Firlit-Fesnak 2013). Impressive was not only the amount of the material gathered and included, but also the authors’ innovative approach to data collection, as they were among the first researchers to use personal documents, such...

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