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Key Concepts in Migration

Key Concepts in Migration

May 2014 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Demonstrates that the study of international migration has really come of age. From acculturation to undocumented immigration, the authors consider more than three dozen concepts at the heart of migration studies. Clearly written in a highly readable style, the book is a valuable resource for students and scholars alike."
- Nancy Foner, City University of New York

"This very useful and authoritative compendium explicates thirty-eight concepts central to analysis of international migration. It is accessible to undergraduate students and even can enrich graduate courses. It nicely complements books like The Age of Migration or Exceptional People. Concision is a virtue!"
- Mark J. Miller, University of Delaware

This book provides lucid and intuitive explanations of the most important migration concepts as used in classrooms, among policymakers, and in popular and academic discourse. Arguing that there is a clear need for a better public understanding of migration, it sets out to clarify the field by exploring relevant concepts in a direct and engaging way. Each concept:
  • Includes an easy to understand definition
  • Provides real-world examples
  • Gives suggestions for further reading
  • Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts
It is an ideal resource for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying migration in sociology, politics, development and throughout the social sciences, as well as scholars in the field and practitioners in governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Brain Drain/Gain/Circulation
Chain Migration
Circular Migration
Cumulative Causation
Displacement and Internally Displaced Persons
Ethnic Enclaves and Ethnic Economies
Ethnicity and Ethnic Minorities
Family Migration and Reunification
Forced Migration
Gendered Migration
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Internal/Domestic Migration
Labour Migration
Migrant Networks
Migration Stocks and Flows
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Regional Integration and Migration
Restrictionism vs. Open Borders
Return Migration
Second Generation
Social Capital
Social Cohesion
Undocumented (Illegal) Migration

A specialised text which looks at key issues linked to migration in an analytical yet accessible way; key concepts are clearly defined. A text perhaps more suitable for post-graduate programmes.

Mrs Paula Hamilton
School of Education & Community, Glyndwr University
February 16, 2015

This is a god textbook which is very useful for introducing undergraduate Sociology students to concepts related to contemporary migration. Covers very wide range of migration related topics and reflects a wide range of research on international migration.

Dr Marina Shapira
school of applied, Stirling University
November 28, 2014

The book is excellent but... on such a topic, you couldn't neglect references in French, Spanish, German or even Italian. The bibliography is not enough open for an ESSENTIAL book on migrations.

Dr Gilles Bertrand
International Studies , Sciences Po Bordeaux
September 1, 2014

Migration has become a buzzword, not only among scholars, but also among politicians and the public at large. This book provides the reader with a wide range of key concepts that are relevant in the field. Each chapter starts with a short definition and ends with a concise list of further key readings. In summary, this book is well suited for undergraduate students and everyone else who wants to learn more about migration in a well structured and time efficient way.

Dr Oliver Schwarz
Faculty of Social Sciences, University Duisburg-Essen
August 26, 2014

It's well adapted to undergraduate students. Systematic.

Dr Tzvi Tal
Cinema and Television, Sapir College
August 26, 2014

This book gives all-round information about migration and is easy to use and apply in real life situations

Dr Jabulani Makhubele
Social Work, University of Limpopo
May 26, 2014

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David Bartram

David's primary research focuses on international migration. His current work explores the relationship between immigration and happiness, investigating whether (as many would assume) migration to a wealthy country is advantageous to the immigrants themselves in the sense that it brings them greater happiness.  Articles emerging from this research have been published in Migration Studies, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Happiness Studies, and International Studies Review, among others.  He has done consulting work on this topic for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva.  He has also held a grant from... More About Author

Maritsa Poros

Maritsa V. Poros is Associate Professor of Sociology at the City College of the City University of New York and appointed in Sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She specializes in international migration. Her other research interests include social networks, inequalities, international development, race and ethnicity, feminism and urban studies. Her work has addressed the role of migrant networks in shaping labor market processes, the formation and influence of ethnic communities, migrant mobilization in southern Europe and forced migration studies. In 2011, Stanford University Press published her book, Modern Migrations: Gujarati... More About Author

Pierre Monforte

Pierre Monforte is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Universite de Montreal. His research explores the dynamics of protest for migrants' rights in France, Germany, Canada and the UK. More About Author

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