Beyond the ethnic lens: Locality, globality, and born-again incorporation

Nina Glick Schiller, Ayşe Çaǧlar, Thaddeus Guldbrandsen

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Migration studies have focused attention on ethnic institutions in global and gateway cities. This ethnic lens distorts migration scholarship, reinforces methodological nationalism, and disregards the role of city scale in shaping migrant pathways of settlement and transnational connection. The scale of cities reflects their positioning within neoliberal processes of local, national, regional, and global rescaling. To encourage further explorations of nonethnic pathways that may be salient in small-scale cities, we examine born-again Christianity as a means of migrant incorporation locally and transnationally in two small-scale cities, one in the United States and the other in Germany. © 2006 by the American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-633
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006


  • Christianity
  • City scale
  • Ethnic lens
  • Germany
  • Immigrant incorporation
  • Methodological nationalism
  • Migrant incorporation
  • Religion
  • Transnational
  • United States


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