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Contested Concepts in Migration Studies

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ISBN 9780367634834
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This volume demonstrates that migration and diversity related concepts are always contested and provides a reflective critical awareness and better comprehension of the complex questions driving migration studies.

Examining interaction between concepts in the public domain, the academic disciplines, and the policy field, this book helps to avoid simplification or even trivialization of complex issues. Recent political events question established ways of looking at issues of migration and diversity and require a clarification or reinvention of political concepts to match the changing world. Applying five basic dimensions, each expert chapter contribution reflects on the role concepts play and demonstrates that concepts are ideology-dependent, policy/politics-dependent, context-dependent, discipline-dependent, and language-dependent, and are influenced by how research is done, how policies are formulated, and how political debates extend and distort them.

This book will be essential reading for students, scholars and practitioners in migration studies/politics, migrant integration, citizenship studies, racism studies and more broadly of key interest to sociology, political science, and political theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conceptual Thinking in Migration Studies

Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Dirk Jacobs, and Riva Kastoryano

1. Border: Meanings, practices and fields in academia, politics, and public domains

Bastian Vollmer 

2. Citizenship: From liberal right to neoliberally earned

Christian Joppke

3. Cohesion: Beyond the diversity threatening hypothesis

Ricard Zapata-Barrero

4. Cosmopolitanism: Moral Universalism and the Politics of Migration

John Erik Fossum and Espen D.H. Olsen

5. Discrimination: Studying the racialized structure of disadvantage

Patrick Simon

6. Diversity: Polyphony of the concept

Dirk Jacobs

7. Identity and immigration: Core concepts

Edward Telles

8. Integration: A critical view

Adrian Favell

9. Interculturalism: Re-imagining dialogue and connectedness in super-diverse realities

Fethi Mansouri

10. Mobility and Migration: Physical, Contextual and Perspectival Interpretations

Rainer Baubock

11. Multiculturalism: Maximum Misunderstanding

Keith G. Banting

12. Nationalism: The concept and its varieties

Anna Triandafyllidou

13. Secularism: Political Secularism and Post-immigration Ethno-Religious Communities

Tariq Modood

14. Tolerance: Recognition, reasonable accommodation, and minority rights

Patrick Loobuyck

15. Transnationalism: Theory and experience

Riva Kastoryano

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Ricard Zapata-Barrero is Full Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Dirk Jacobs is Full Professor at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Chairperson of the Brussels Studies Institute, Belgium.

Riva Kastoryano is Research Director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Sciences Po - CERI in Paris, France.


"In this excellent collection we find important insights into the key contested concepts and ideas in the field of migration studies. Written by leading scholars and researchers the various chapters in this bold and challenging book are full of insights into key issues that are at the heart of on-going conversations in many societies. It is a must read for all those working on this important social and political issue."

John Solomos, University of Warwick, UK

"From citizenship and diversity to identity and multiculturalism, the essays in this innovative and important volume by leading migration scholars provide fresh perspectives and revealing insights into contested concepts in migration studies. The emphasis on the concepts’ connections to political and public debates as well as research agendas adds to the great strength of the book."

Nancy Foner, City University of New York, USA

"Migration is a hotly debated, contested topic in many countries. These disagreements are mirrored in the many contested concepts in migration studies. This book, however, shows that clarification of these contested concepts may be a first step in making migration less contested."

Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam and NIAS-KNAW, The Netherlands