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Internal Migration

Geographical Perspectives and Processes, 1st Edition

By Darren P. Smith, Nissa Finney, Nigel Walford


250 pages

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Over the last two decades there have been numerous profound changes in UK society which have had an impact on the scale, geographies, meaning and experiences of internal migration. Providing a critical appraisal of migration scholarship from the perspective of Geography, reviewing theory, substantive foci and method, this book demonstrates how sub-national migration in the UK gives rise to and reflects new patterns of population, housing, economies and cultures. Each chapter is written by a Population Geographer together with a scholar representing another Human Geography sub-discipline thus providing a cross-disciplinary perspective on a specific aspect of migration. Critically reviewing and setting an agenda for internal migration scholarship from a spatial perspective, this book will be of interest to academics and students of Geography and other disciplines concerned with migration, both within the UK and further afield.


’Although migration has become synonymous with international migration, this volume demonstrates that internal migration remains as potent a force as ever in shaping the lives of individuals and communities. In so doing, this volume reflects the full diversity of methods and topics in the contemporary study of this subject area and reclaims the rightful place of the study of internal migration within the field of migration studies.’ Thomas J. Cooke, University of Connecticut, USA ’A must-read that should become a feature on all migration scholars’ bookshelves. Situating migration in the general rhythms of lives�, this text restates the importance of internal migration processes in contemporary society. With the daily media focusing primarily on international migration, this volume makes the compelling case that mobility within nations plays a central role in reshaping cultural, economic, political and social relations.’ Paul Boyle, University of Leicester, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Tony Champion and Tony Fielding; Introduction: 'on the move' in the twenty-first century and contemporary internal migration in the UK, Darren P. Smith, Nissa Finney, Keith Halfacree and Nigel Walford; Lifecourse and internal migration, Naomi Tyrrell and Peter Kraftl; Ethnicity and internal migration, Nissa Finney, Gemma Catney and Deborah Phillips; Education and internal migration, Darren P. Smith and Heike Jons; Labour markets and internal migration, Anne Green and Ian Shuttleworth; Housing and internal migration, Darren P. Smith and Nissa Finney; Lifestyle and internal migration, Nigel Walford and Aileen Stockdale; Health and internal migration, Fran Darlington, Paul Norman and Myles Gould; Later-life and internal migration, Philip Rees and Irene Hardill; Performing internal migration, Keith Halfacree and Peter Merriman; Conclusion: moving forward, Darren P. Smith, Nissa Finney, Keith Halfacree and Nigel Walford; Bibliography; Index.

About the Authors

Darren P. Smith is Professor of Geography at Loughborough University, UK, Nissa Finney is Lecturer at the University of Manchester, UK, Keith Halfacree is Reader in the Department of Geography at Swansea University, UK and Nigel Walford is Professor of Applied GIS at Kingston University, UK.

About the Series

International Population Studies

International Population Studies
This book series provides an outlet for integrated and in-depth coverage of innovative research on population themes and techniques. International in scope, the books in the series cover topics such as migration and mobility, advanced population projection techniques, microsimulation modeling, life course analysis, demographic estimation methods and relationship statistics. The series includes research monographs, edited collections, advanced level textbooks and reference works on both methods and substantive topics. Key to the series is the presentation of knowledge founded on social science analysis of hard demographic facts based on censuses, surveys, vital and migration statistics. All books in the series are subject to review.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration