2nd Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

Edited By Steven J. Gold, Stephanie J. Nawyn Copyright 2019
    654 Pages
    by Routledge

    654 Pages
    by Routledge

    This revised and expanded second edition of Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies provides a comprehensive basis for understanding the complexity and patterns of international migration. 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.

    Featuring forty-six essays written by leading international and multidisciplinary scholars, this new edition showcases evolving research and theorizing around refugees and forced migrants, new migration paths through Central Asia and the Middle East, the condition of statelessness and South to South migration. New chapters also address immigrant labor and entrepreneurship, skilled migration, ethnic succession, contract labor and informal economies. Uniquely among texts in the subject area, the Handbook provides a six-chapter compendium of methodologies for studying international migration and its impacts.

    Written in a clear and direct style, this Handbook offers a contemporary integrated resource for students and scholars from the perspectives of social science, humanities, journalism and other disciplines.

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    Notes on the contributors

    Introduction to the second edition

    Introduction to the first edition

    PART I: Theories and histories of international migration

    1 Economic perspectives on migration

    2 Psychological acculturation: perspectives, principles, processes, and prospects

    3 European migration history

    4 Migration history in the Americas

    5 Asian migration in the longue durée

    6 A brief history of African migration

    PART II Displacement, refugees and forced migration

    7 Forced migrants: exclusion, incorporation and a moral economy of deservingness

    8 Refugees and geopolitical conflicts

    9 Country of first asylum

    10 Displacement, refugees, and forced migration in the MENA region: the case of Syria

    11 Climate change and human migration: constructed vulnerability, uneven flows, and the challenges of studying environmental migration in the 21st century

    PART III: Migrants in the economy

    12 Unions and immigrants

    13 Immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurship

    14 High-skilled migration

    15 Immigration and the informal economy

    16 Vulnerability to exploitation and human trafficking: a multi-scale review of risk

    PART IV: Intersecting inequalities in the lives of migrants

    17 The changing configuration of migration and race

    18 Nativism: a global-historical perspective

    19 Gender and migration: uneven integration

    20 Sexualities and international migration

    21 Migrants and indigeneity: nationalism, nativism and the politics of place

    PART V: Creating and recreating community and group identity

    22 Panethnicity

    23 Understanding ethnicity from a community perspective

    24 Religion on the move: the place of religion in different stages of the migration experience

    25 Condemned to a protracted limbo? Refugees and statelessness in the age of terrorism

    26 Reclaiming the black and Asian journeys: a comparative perspective on culture, class, and immigration

    PART VI: Migrants and social reproduction

    27 Immigrant and refugee language policies, programs, and practices in an era of change: promises, contradictions, and possibilities

    28 Immigrant intermarriage

    29 International adoption

    PART VII: Migrants and the state

    30 Undocumented (or unauthorized) immigration

    31 Detention and deportation

    32 Naturalization and nationality: community, nation-state and global explanations

    33 Asian migrations and the evolving notions of national community

    34 Immigration and education

    35 Emigration and the sending state

    36 International migration and the welfare state: connections and extensions

    37 Immigration and crime and the criminalization of immigration

    PART VIII: Maintaining links across borders

    38 The historical, cultural, social, and political backgrounds of ethno-national diasporas

    39 Transnationalism

    40 Survival or incorporation? Immigrant (re)integration after deportation

    41 Return migration

    PART IX: Methods for studying international migration

    42 Census analysis

    43 Binational migration surveys: representativeness, standardization, and the ethnosurvey model


    Steven J. Gold is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. His interests include international migration, ethnic economies, qualitative methods and visual sociology. He has conducted research on Israeli emigration and transnationalism, Russian-speaking Jewish and Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., ethnic economies, and on conflicts between immigrant merchants and their customers.

    Stephanie J. Nawyn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Co-Director of Academic Programs at the Center for Gender in Global Context at Michigan State University. Her work has primarily focused on refugee resettlement and protection, as well as the economic advancement of African voluntary migrants in the U.S. with a focus on gender. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Istanbul University for the 2013–14 academic year, studying the treatment of Syrian refugees in Turkey. Her most recent work was published in the Journal of Refugees Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies.