areas in fact sent the largest numbers of emigrants. The spread and availability of information seem to have been far more effective in stimulating emigration than was poverty as such. Moya is particularly skilled in balancing his use of extensive and varied sources that include everything from contemporary poetry, plays (334 dramas and comedies!), popular humor, and oral history to more standard ones such as censuses, consular and governmental documents, newspapers, and the records of immigrants' associations. He notes, for example, that despite the high degree of esteem enjoyed by Basque immigrants in Argentina compared to the very negative reputations of the Andalusians, the latter were notably more successful than the former in obtaining skilled and professional employment and avoiding menial, unskilled occupations, both in the middle and at the end of the nineteenth century. He writes that "this gross discrepancy between my findings and the qualitative evidence once again confirms the potential for deception inherent in qualitative sources and the peril of relying solely on this type of material. It validates the need for quantitative methods in social history if its aim is . . . the uncovering of past social realities and not simply--as is literary
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 2, 2003
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