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Cultures of Migration

The Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility

By Jeffrey H. Cohen and Ibrahim Sirkeci

Publication Year: 2011

Published by: University of Texas Press

Title Page

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-xii

This book began as a discussion between Cohen and Sirkeci regarding the meaning of migration. We started by email, talking about our work. Cohen had spent several years looking at the patterns of migration in rural southern Mexico, while Sirkeci had done the same in the Kurdish parts of Turkey. Later, we shared ...

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pp. xiii-xiv

Co-authoring is always a difficult process; nevertheless, it is one with a great payoff. It allows researchers to share approaches and it creates an opportunity to critically engage theories that aren't always apparent. Our setting, one that bridges anthropological and geographic models of migration ...

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Introduction. The Cultures of Migration

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pp. 1-19

Lots of people talk about migration and lots of people talk about migrants. They are intrigued by the process and they want to ask questions about why people move. Many people assume migrants are seeking to escape something that cannot be resolved in their home ...

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1. The Household in a Global Perspective

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pp. 20-36

Many researchers focus on migrants and the decisions that drive their mobility and the outcomes of their moves. Of course, the decision to migrate is in the hands of the mover. Nevertheless, it is a mistake to think of the migrant as a lone decision maker, just as it is a mistake to think of the migrant ...

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2. The Growth of Migration: Mobility, Security, Insecurity

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pp. 37-49

There was a time when immigration was assumed to follow a direct and highly regular and regulated path from a place of origin to a place of destination (see Ravenstein 1889). Migration was conceptualized as a normal act, one that followed predictable laws with well-defined outcomes and ...

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3. Contemporary Migration: Commuters and Internal Movers

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pp. 50-67

Let us take you to several places and briefly introduce the traditional populations you might encounter. Picture a family living in northern China in the Mongol Autonomous Region.1 Their home is a small hut, and they own very little beyond the few animals they raise, a radio, and some kitchen ...

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4. Contemporary Movers: International Migration

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pp. 68-86

A few popular assumptions apply to international migration and make understanding the outcomes of international mobility difficult. First, there is the perception that international movement is something new. Second is the assumption that most international movers are poor and fleeing poverty ...

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5. Nonmovers and Those Who Stay Behind

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pp. 87-96

We noted that mobility includes movers who follow local commutes, migrants who travel to internal destinations, and migrants who cross borders and are bound for international destinations. The numbers of movers involved is staggeringly big. There are literally millions of individuals who are involved in ...

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6. The Economics of Migration and the Possibilities of Development

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pp. 97-113

Migrant remittances are the resources that migrants return to their sending households. Remittances flow to sending households from both internal movers and international sojourners and take many forms. Most discussions of remittance practices focus on money that flows from the migrants in their destination ...

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pp. 114-119

John F. Kennedy's comments concerning migration capture the hope of a time in our collective history when most people believed immigrants were going to help the United States build a stronger future. There was great potential in their arrival, and we assumed that immigrants embraced their ...


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pp. 121-128


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pp. 129-158


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pp. 159-165

E-ISBN-13: 9780292735361
E-ISBN-10: 0292735367
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292726840
Print-ISBN-10: 0292726848

Publication Year: 2011