1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Migration, Communication, and Politics

Edited By Stephen Croucher, Joao Caetano, Elsa Campbell Copyright 2019
    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Migration, Communication and Politics brings together academics from numerous disciplines to show the legal, political, communicative, theoretical, methodological, and media implications of migration. The collection makes the compelling case that migration does not occur in a vacuum; rather, it is driven by and reacts to various factors, including the political, economic, and cultural worlds in which individuals live.

    The 25 chapters reveal the complex nature of migration from various angles, not only looking at how policy affects migrants but also how individuals and marginalized groups are impacted by such acts. In Part I contributors examine migration law, debating the role of the state in managing migration flows and investigating existing migration policy. Part II offers theories and methods that integrate communication studies, political science, and law into the study of migration, including cultural fusion theory and Gebserian theory. Part III looks at how contemporary perceptions of migration and migrants intersect with media representations across media outlets worldwide. Finally, Part IV offers case studies that present the intricacies of migration within different cultural, national, and political groups.

    Migration is the key political, economic, and cultural issue of our time and this companion takes the next step in the debate; namely, the effects of the how, in addition to the how and why. Researchers and students of communication, politics, media, and law will find this an invaluable intervention.


    Section I: Migration Law

    1. Emigration Law: Does it Still Make Sense? Some short historical and legal reflections

    Pedro Caridade de Freitas

    2. Current Challenges of the International Protection of Refugees and Other Migrants: The Role and Developments of the United Nations 2016 Summit

    Liliana Lyra Jubilut, André de Lima Madureira and Daniel Bertolucci Torres

    3. Quo Vadis? The European Union’s Migration and Asylum Policy: Legal basis, Legal Challenges and Legal Possibilities

    Francisco Javier Donaire Villa

    4. The Politics of Internally Displaced Persons

    Shubhra Seth

    5. Refuge and Political Asylum and Latin America: Relevance, characteristics, and normative structure

    Liliana Lyra Jubilut and Rachel de Oliveira Lopes

    Section II: Migration Theories and Methods

    6. Method Issues and Working with Newly Arrived Women Refugees

    Janet Colvin

    7. Cultural Fusion: An Alternative to Assimilation

    Eric Mark Kramer

    8. Gebserian Theory and Method

    S. D. Zuckerman

    9. Immigrant Migration and Communication Apprehension

    Chia-Fang (Sandy) Hsu

    10. Reconstructing the migration communication discourse: The call for contextual and narrative-based evidence in the deconstruction of fear

    Pedro Góis and Maria Faraone

    11. Third-Culture Individuals

    Gina G. Barker

    Section III: The Media and Migration

    12. Migration and migrants in and to Europe: Reviewing media studies of the past decade (2001-2016)

    Mélodine Sommier

    13. Migration from Central Asia: Thematic Analysis of Kyrgyz and Russian Language Online News Media

    Elira Turdubaeva and Alena Zelenskaia

    14. Kurdish Media and Immigration Policies in the Kurdistan Regional Government: Refugee Crisis of 2015

    Diyako Rahmani

    15. Linguistic Analysis of "Immigrant" as Represented in Russian Media:

    Cultural Semantics

    Tatiana Permyakova and Olga Antineskul

    16. Applications of Music for Migrants

    Elsa A. Campbell

    Section IV: Case Studies on Migration

    17. Patterns of political transnationalism in a non-traditional diaspora: The case of Swiss Citizens in Latin America

    Pablo Biderbost, Claudio Bolzman and Guillermo Boscán

    18. Nicaraguan immigration to Costa Rica: Understanding power and race through language

    Anthony Spencer

    19. Individual and contextual explanations of attitudes towards immigration

    Eva G. T. Green & Oriane Sarrasin

    20. The Politics around Romani Migration: European and National Perspectives

    Julija Sardelic

    21. Exploring the relationship between acculturation preferences, threat, intergroup contact, and prejudice towards immigrants in Finland

    Elvis Nshom Ngwayuh and Stephen M. Croucher

    22. (Re)framing cultural intelligence in organizations: Migration, negotiation and meaning making of female migrants of North East India

    Debalina Dutta

    23. Return Migration: Reentry Acculturative Experiences of Chinese Returnees from Australian and New Zealand Higher Education Institutions

    Mingsheng Li and Yi Yang

    24. Communication with non-host-nationals in migration: The case of sojourning students from the United States and China

    Yang Liu

    25. Internal Migrants and their Left-Behind Families in China

    Cheng Zeng



    Stephen M. Croucher is Professor and Head of the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University, New Zealand. He researches migration, religion and conflict. He has authored 10 books, numerous book chapters and more than 100 journal articles.

    João R. Caetano is Professor of Law and Political Science at Aberta University, Portugal and Pro Rector for International Advancement and Legal Affairs. He researches migration, citizenship and European issues. He has authored more than 100 articles, book chapters and books in several languages.

    Elsa A. Campbell is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland and coordinator of the VIBRAC Skille-Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research. Her research focuses on the use of music and sound vibration in medical rehabilitation settings.

    ‘The international movement of people is one of the most profound, yet relatively mundane, aspects of our contemporary global system. It is increasingly politically charged, as the politics of race, nation, culture and identity impose themselves territorially. The editors of this volume have developed a complex, multilayered and interdisciplinary account of migration, communication and politics, which constitutes an important resource for researchers in these fields.’ Terry Flew, Professor of Media and Communication, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

    ‘The contributors to this volume show how a seemingly simple act of moving from one place to another is in fact a complex phenomenon with many opportunities, but also challenges, for individuals, groups and societies. The authors demonstrate how migration is, first and foremost, a communication phenomenon, addressing its philosophical, legal, cultural, political, economic, and religious aspects. The volume will be an indispensable companion to anyone interested in how to deal with the problems of migration and how to increase its potential.’ Igor Klyukanov, Professor of Communication, Eastern Washington University, USA