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Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Steven J. Gold, Stephanie J. Nawyn


620 pages

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The current era is marked by an unparalleled level of human migration, the consequence of both recent and long-term political, economic, cultural, social, demographic and technological developments. Despite increased efforts to limit its size and consequences, migration has wide-ranging impacts upon social, environmental, economic, political, and cultural life in countries of origin and settlement. Such transformations impact not only those who are migrating, but those who are left behind, as well as those who live in the areas where migrants settle.

The Handbook of Migration Studies offers a conceptual approach to the study of international migration, exploring clearly the many modes of exit, reception and incorporation which involve varied populations in disparate political, economic, social and cultural contexts. How do these movements also facilitate the transmission of ideologies and identities, political and cultural practices and economic resources? Uniquely among texts in the subject area, the Handbook also provides a section devoted to exploring methods for studying international migration.

Featuring forty-seven essays written by leading international and multidisciplinary scholars, the Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies offers a contemporary, integrated and comprehensive resource for students and scholars of sociology, politics, human geography, law, history, urban planning, journalism, and health care.


A gem of a book, packed with thoughtful and well-written essays, that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to survey a broad range of topics, theoretical approaches, and methods in the field of international migration. Full of fascinating information and valuable insights, Gold and Nawyn have produced an indispensable resource for students and scholars alike.

—Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

International migration is a highly complex issue, but this handbook offers the reader a clear and comprehensive introduction into thinking about this and doing scientific research. The handbook draws together important and diverse writings, mainly but not exclusively by American authors, and provides an essential resource for students of international migration.

—Jan Rath, University of Amsterdam

Patterns of migration change over time. So do patterns of studying them. This impressive and wide-ranging survey of the most up-to-date approaches in the field of migration studies has entries on everything from sexuality to elite migration, to the view from sending states to international adoptions and climate-induced migration. The Handbook also examines concepts and methods, from assimilation to transnationalism to comparative approaches. It has something for everyone: smart syntheses of your own specialty and smart useful overviews of those you know less about. This book is a must for every migration scholar’s shelf.

—Nancy L. Green, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

In an age of migration, this International Handbook of Migration Studies is a magnificent achievement. The editors have brought together four dozen original essays by leading scholars that illuminate this vast and fascinating field, as rapidly changing as the world on the move it seeks to grasp. Global in scope, innovative in design, with wide-angle multidisciplinary lenses, this timely volume is an essential reference for scholars, students, and informed publics alike.

Rubén G. Rumbaut, co-author of Immigrant America: A Portrait, and Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation

The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies constitutes a current and comprehensive presentation of the challenges of one of the most significant phenomenon of the contemporary world. The reader is introduced in different dimensions of migration and from this perspective the handbook is an excellent tool for scholars with backgrounds in various fields (sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, journalism, psychology and others). The numerous first hand authors, as well as the serious theoretical and empirical evidences presented generate premises for a deeper understanding of the international migration.

Alin Croitoru, Social Change Review

Steven Gold and Stephanie Nawyn have assembled an impressive collection of essays from leading and rising scholars of international migration… The handbook in its entirety would be an especially useful resource for graduate students preparing their field exams and developing research questions and designs, non-specialists seeking an overview of migration studies, and migration specialists who would like to look up from their national dishes to sample from a broader smorgasbord.

David Scott Fitzgerald, University of California, San Diego, Contemporary Sociology

Table of Contents

Introduction by Steven J. Gold and Stephanie J. Nawyn. Part I: Theories and Histories of International Migration 1. Economic Perspectives on Migration by Peter Karpestam and Fredrik N.G. Andersson 2. The Day After Tomorrow: Migration and Climate Change by László J. Kulcsár 3. Psychological Acculturation by Marc Bornstein 4. European Migration History by Leo Lucassen and Jan Lucassen 5. Migration History in the Americas by Donna Gabaccia 6. Asian Migration in the Longue Durée by Adam McKeown 7. Charting Refugee and Migration Routes in Africa by Solomon Getahun Part II: Refugees and Forced Migrants 8. Forced Migrants: From the Politics of Displacement to a Moral Economy of Reception by Charles Watters 9. Refugee Resettlement Policies and Pathways to Integration by Stephanie J. Nawyn 10. Human Trafficking by Kathryn Farr Part III: Migrants in the Economy 11. Unions and Immigrants by Héctor L. Delgado 12. Middleman Entrepreneurs by Pyong Gap Min 13. Twenty-first Century Trends in Highly Skilled Migration by Astrid Eich-Krohm Part IV: Intersecting Inequalities in the Lives of Migrants 14. The Changing Configuration of Migration and Race by Miri Song 15. New Directions in Gender and Immigration Research by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo 16. Host Hostility and Nativism by Mehdi Bozorgmehr, Anny Bakalian and Sara Salman 17. Immigrants and Residential Segregation by Joe Darden and Flavia Cristaldi 18. Sexualities and International Migration by Eithne Luibhéid 19. Migrants and Indigenous Nationalism by Nandita Sharma Part V: Creating and Recreating Community and Group Identity 20. Panethnicity by Yen Espiritu 21. Understanding Ethnicity from a Community Perspective by Min Zhou 22. Religion on the Move: The Place of Religion in Different Stages of the Migration Experience by Jacqueline Maria Hagan Part VI: Migrants and Social Reproduction 23. Immigrant Language Acquisition: An International Review by Guofang Li 24. Connecting Family and Migration by Linda Gjokaj, Maxine Baca Zinn, and Stephanie Nawyn 25. Immigrant Intermarriage by Charlie V. Morgan 26. Prospects for the Children of Immigrants in the Twenty-First Century by Julie Park 27. International Adoption by Andrea Louie Part VII: Migrants and the State 28. The Political Sociology of International Migration: Borders, Boundaries, Rights and Politics by Roger Waldinger and Thomas Soehl 29. Regulation, Recruitment and Control of Immigration by Matthew Light 30. Undocumented (or Unauthorized) Immigration by Cecilia Menjívar 31. Migration and Health by Guillermina Jasso 32. Micro- and Macro-Explanations of Naturalization by Thomas Janoski 33. Immigration and Education by Ramona Fruja Amthor 34. Emigration and the Sending State by Brendan Mullan and Cristián Doña-Reveco 35. Immigration and the Welfare State in Western Societies: Ethnic Heterogeneity, Redistribution and the Role of Institutions by Xavier Escandell and Alin M. Ceobanu Part VIII: Maintaining Links across Borders 36. The Historical, Cultural, Social and Political Backgrounds of Ethno-National Diasporas by Gabriel Sheffer 37. Transnationalism by Thomas Faist 38. Return Migration by Janet Salaff Part IX: Methods for Studying International Migration 39. Census Analysis by Karen A. Woodrow-Lafield 40. Surveys and Ethnosurveys by Mariano Sana and Becky Conway 41. Making Sense of the Other: Ethnographic Methods and Immigration Research by Patricia Fernández-Kelly 42. Interviews by Chien-Juh Gu 43. Considering Time in Analysis of Migration by Gillian Stevens and Hiromi Ishizawa 44. Using Photography in Studies of International Migration by Steven J. Gold 45. The Challenges of On-Line Diaspora Research by Emily Noelle Ignacio 46. Comparative Methodologies in the Study of Migration by Irene Bloemraad 47. Action Research with Immigrants: Working with Vulnerable Immigrant Communities by Rigoberto Rodriguez

About the Editors

Steven J. Gold is professor and graduate program director in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. His interests include international migration, ethnic economies, qualitative methods and visual sociology. The past chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, and the International Visual Sociology Association, Gold is the author, co-author or co-editor of six books, including The Store in the Hood: A Century of Ethnic Business and Conflict (Roman and Littlefield, 2010). Together with Rubén G. Rumbaut, he is the editor of The New Americans book series from LFB Publishers.

Stephanie J. Nawyn is an assistant professor in Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and immigration, with a focus on forced migration, families, and social incorporation. Dr. Nawyn conducts research on community development among immigrants and the importance of social networks and social capital to immigrant and refugee incorporation, as well as the socioeconomic advancement of African-born immigrants in the United States.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General