Steven Hyland's work is an important contribution to the study of immigrants and national identity in Argentina and the study of ethnic groups in the Americas more broadly. Since most of the immigrants who arrived in Argentina were European, many of the scholarly generalizations about mass migration there have been primarily based on Eurocentric models. Yet as Hyland demonstrates, the immigrant story could unfold in very different ways, as it did for some Arabic speakers in Argentina. Focusing primarily on the Syrian Lebanese immigrant group in the northwestern province of Tucumán, Hyland's study is part of a welcome move within Argentine historiography to expand our knowledge of immigration and ethnic groups beyond Buenos Aires and its surrounding areas. Because of its subject matter, Hyland's work also illuminates the class divisions typical of the northwest through an ethnic lens as well as the...

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