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Migratie en Nederlandse steden (1800-2000).

Pim Kooi en Paul van de Laar

This article deals with how urban historians have integrated the results of migration history in their research, and whether migration historians have benefited from recent urban studies. A review of urban history in the Netherlands reveals that, although the results of migration studies are not neglected, migration historians have reason to be disappointed about the lack of integration. Too often urban historians simply refer to migration as part of economic and demographic processes and neglect the new insights raised by migration historians. On the other hand, most migration studies use the city simply as a décor, neglecting the 'unique' characteristics of a city. This article analyses the theoretical and empirical background of both historical disciplines, and formulates a research agenda that may enhance the integration. The recent focus on labour market perspectives in migrant studies in relation to the opportunity structures of cities may stimulate a merger between both disciplines. Studies of opportunity structure offer an integration of economic aspects of migration and political and social-cultural dimensions, which are of interest to urban historians and migration historians alike.

Gepubliceerd in: 
Tijdschrift voor sociale geschiedenis 26 (4) 2000, 245 t/m 260

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