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Migration and Culture

Edited by Robin Cohen, Professor of Development Studies and Director, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford and Gunvor Jónsson, Oxford Department of International Development, UK
Migration and Culture marks a first in providing a comprehensive collection of published articles linking migration and culture. Prior approaches to migration have often stressed statistical and economic factors. The theoretically challenging and comparative accounts represented here are part of a new wave of thinking which illustrates the meaning of migration and its profound cultural implications. With an original introductory essay by the editors, this volume will be of great interest and value to sociologists, anthropologists, and those interested in cultural studies, diaspora, transnationalism and post-colonialism and the cultural aspects of globalisation.
In Association with the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford
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Publication Date: 2012
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Migration and Culture marks a first in providing a comprehensive collection of published articles linking migration and culture. Prior approaches to migration have often stressed statistical and economic factors. The theoretically challenging and comparative accounts represented here are part of a new wave of thinking which illustrates the meaning of migration and its profound cultural implications. With an original introductory essay by the editors, this volume will be of great interest and value to sociologists, anthropologists, and those interested in cultural studies, diaspora, transnationalism and post-colonialism and the cultural aspects of globalisation.
‘Cohen and Jónsson have assembled an impressive array of contributions that will interest researchers, teachers, and students who wish to understand the complex relationships between migration and culture. They begin with their own original essay on the complicated relationship between culture and migration. Informative and wide-ranging, it performs the important task of defining culture. . . This introductory essay provides a good, substantive overview of issues surrounding the topic of migration and culture. . . This book deserves the attention of all scholars who study migration. The contributions vividly reflect the international character of research on migration and culture, demonstrating that social scientists around the world, analyzing migration in its many different contexts, are profoundly advancing knowledge about the relationship between it and culture. . . In addition, the collection convincingly reveals that ethnographic methods of investigation are shedding new light on the noneconomic causes and consequences of migration that have been unduly neglected by quantitative studies. Economists, sociologists, and geographers would gain an appreciation of this brand of qualitative research by consulting the volume. Finally, the contributions provide rich evidence that the traditional model of migration, settlement, adaptation, and assimilation that has guided research should be replaced by a fresh theoretical approach that conceptualizes migration in terms of transnational identities and transnational communities.
– Robert L. Boyd, Journal of Regional Science
37 articles, dating from 1980 to 2010
Contributors include: M. Benson, J. Carling, C. Joppke, P. Levitt, D. Miller, K.F. Olwig, K. O’Reilly, N.B. Salazar, M. Svasek, S. Vertovec
Contents:

Acknowledgements

Introduction Connecting Culture and Migration
Robin Cohen and Gunvor Jónsson

PART I KEY PERSPECTIVES IN THE STUDY OF MIGRATION AND CULTURE
A Contact Zones
1. Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Katie Willis (2005), ‘Singaporean and British Transmigrants in China and the Cultural Politics of “Contact Zones”’
2. William Kandel and Douglas S. Massey (2002), ‘The Culture of Mexican Migration: A Theroretical and Empirical Analysis’

B Mobility and Identity
3. Hazel Easthope (2009), ‘Fixed Identities in a Mobile World? The Relationship Between Mobility, Place, and Identity’
4. Michaela Benson and Karen O’Reilly (2009), ‘Migration and the Search for a Better Way of Life: A Critical Exploration of Lifestyle Migration’
5. Maruška Svašek (2008), ‘Who Cares? Families and Feelings in Movement’
6. Katrin Vogel (2009), ‘The Mother, the Daughter, and the Cow: Venezuelan Transformistas’ Migration to Europe’

PART II CREATING IDENTITY FROM BELOW – MIGRATION IN POPULAR CULTURE
7. Farid Laroussi (2002), ‘Literature in Migration’
8. John Baily (2006), ‘“Music is in our Blood”: Gujurati Muslim Musicians in the UK’
9. Christine Ludl (2008), ‘“To Skip a Step”: New Representation(s) of Migration, Success and Politics in Senegalese Rap and Theatre’
10. Lesley Marx and Robin Cohen (2010), ‘Cinematic Representations of Diaspora: Italians and Jews’
11. Maureen Chinyere Duru (2005), ‘When Signifying Goodwill is No Longer Enough: The Kola Nut and Gender among Igbos in Nigeria and Belgium’
12. Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez (2008), ‘Danzas Chuscas: Performing Migration in a Zapotec Community’
13. Daniel Miller (2008), ‘Migration, Material Culture and Tragedy: Four Moments in Caribbean Migration’
14. Silke Wenk and Rebecca Krebs (2007), ‘Analysing the Migration of People and Images: Perspectives and Methods in the Field of Visual Culture’

PART III SHAPING MIGRANT IDENTITIES FROM ABOVE
15. Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda (2001), ‘From Ethnic Affinity to Alienation in the Global Ecumene: The Encounter between the Japanese and Japanese-Brazilian Return Migrants’
16. Scott Poynting and Victoria Mason (2008), ‘The New Integrationism, the State and Islamophobia: Retreat from Multiculturalism in Australia’
17. Steven Vertovec (1996), ‘Multiculturalism, Culturalism and Public Incorporation’
18. Luke Desforges and Joanne Maddern (2004), ‘From Doors to Freedom, Portal to the Past: History at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York’
19. Christian Joppke (2007), ‘Beyond National Models: Civic Integration Policies for Immigrants in Western Europe’
20. Stephen Meyer (1980), ‘Adapting the Immigrant to the Line: Americanization in the Ford Factory, 1914–1921’
21. Carolyn Sargent and Dennis Cordell (2003), ‘Polygamy, Disrupted Reproduction, and the State: Malian Migrants in Paris, France’
22. Vicente Llorent Bedmar and Verónica Cobano-Delgado Palma (2010), ‘The Muslim Veil Controversy in French and Spanish Schools’

PART IV CONSTITUTING TRANSLOCAL COMMUNITY
A Local-Global Connections
23. Judith Scheele (2007), ‘Being from Faraway: Constructing the “Local” in Kabylia’
24. Syed Ali (2007), ‘”Go West Young Man”: The Culture of Migration among Muslims in Hyderabad, India’
25. Jørgen Carling (2002), ‘Migration in the Age of Involuntary Immobility: Theoretical Reflections and Cape Verdean Experiences’
26. David Kyle (1999), ‘The Otavalo Trade Diaspora: Social Capital and Transnational Entrepreneurship’
27. Peggy Levitt (1998), ‘Local-level Global Religion: The Case of U.S.-Dominican Migration’

B Translocal Identities
28. Eva Gerharz (2010),’When Migrants Travel Back Home: Changing Identites in Northern Sri Lanka after the Ceasefire of 2002’
29. Karen Fog Olwig (2002),’A Wedding in the Family: Home Making in a Global Kin Network’
30. Mara A. Leichtman (2010), ‘Migration, War, and the Making of a Transnational Lebanese Shi’i Community in Senegal’

PART V MIGRANT IMAGINARIES AROUND THE WORLD
31. Sa’iliemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor (2009), ‘Beyond “Migration”; Samoan Population Movement (Malaga) and the Geography of Social Space (Va)’
32. Noel B. Salazar (2010), ‘Tanzanian Migration Imaginaries’
33. Henrik Vigh (2009), ‘Wayward Migration: On Imagined Futures and Technological Voids’
34. Petra T. Bürgelt, Mandy Morgan and Regina Pernice (2008), ‘The Migration Process through the Eyes of Migrants: Experiences, Interpretations and Responses of German Migrants to New Zealand’
35. Susan Frohlick (2009), ‘Pathos of Love in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica: Emotion, Travel and Migration’
36. Magnus Marsden (2009), ‘A Tour Not So Grand: Mobile Muslims in Northern Pakistan’
37. Sun Wanning (2005), ‘Media and the Chinese Diaspora: Community, Consumption, and Transnational Imagination’