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The Routledge Companion to Migration, Communication, and Politics

ISBN 9781315164472
Published December 7, 2018 by Routledge
400 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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


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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