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Rethinking Migration: New Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

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Rethinking Migration

New Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Edited by Alejandro Portes and Josh DeWind

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464 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-347-3 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (July 2007)

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This book has many strengths. Most notably, it represents a much-needed attempt to open a dialog into the new aspects of migration and immigration in today’s global era[It is] an excellent edited collection. The book will be of interest to scholars of immigration the world over. It would also be an excellent resource for a graduate course on immigration and migrant flows.”  ·  Canadian Studies in Population


“This is an excellent volume. The choice of articles covers an appropriate set of topics; the articles themselves are well-researched, well-written, and form a coherent body representing the best thinking on migration today. I would highly recommend it for use in college-level courses on migration.”  ·  Journal of Anthropological Research

“By structurally examining migration processes, Rethinking Migration is an informative, conceptually and structurally clear, and theoretically transparent book. Its main contribution to the field of migration studies is to be found in its comparative perspective, which produces interesting and sometimes opposing views on the topic.”  · Social Anthropology / Anthropologie Sociale

“…an excellent text that is highly recommended for researchers with an interest in migration from across the social and political sciences…It is impossible to do justice in this short review to either the comprehensiveness of the coverage, or to the quality of the scholarship which underpins its chapter contents… Portes, DeWind and their authors should be congratulated for producing an extremely valuable contribution to the advancement of migration studies.”  · CLR News

“Overall, the volume presents a broad range of excellent articles with thought-provoking concepts and suggestions for further research agendas. Sometimes, these proposals are not entirely novel; they echo debates which have been conducted in history or anthropology for some years. However, the essays always contain original suggestions for ways in which general questions can be translated into empirical research agendas.“  · H-Net Book Reviews

“… has a number of innovative insights… The book should be read by scholars of immigration to Europe and the United States and by those seeking theoretical insights into the phenomena surrounding immigration in general.”  · JRAI

“… this interesting collection… is informative, stimulating, and well documented.”  · Choice


With the increasing worldwide problems of migration, research into its causes and effects become ever more urgent. This volume takes stock of recent advancements that social science research in both Europe and the United States has made to understanding central aspects of international migration. The focus is on conceptual, methodological, and theoretical contributions that have emerged out of empirical research with regard to state policies and interests toward migration, dual citizenship, incorporation, transnational ties, entrepreneurship, illegal migration, intergenerational incorporation, and religion. No other publication brings the scholarship together in a similarly comprehensive manner, showing how the different approaches on each continent complement and speak to one another, thus contributing to the internationalization of migration studies.

Alejandro Portes is Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. His current research is on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation and the rise of transnational immigrant communities in the United States. One of his most recent books, co-authored with Rubén G. Rumbaut, is Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation and Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (California 2001), winner of the 2002 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association.

Josh DeWind has directed the Migration Program of the Social Science Research Council since 1994. From 1989 to 2002 was a Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York, where he initiated the college's Program on International Human Rights and directed its Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. He has published numerous books, reports, and articles related to migration including The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience, edited with Charles Hirschman and Philip Kasinitz (Russell Sage Foundation, 1999), which this current volume updates and provides an international perspective. He was a founding member of the Center for Immigrants Rights, National Coalition for Haitian Rights, and National Immigration Forum.

Subject: Refugee & Migration Studies Theory & Methodology in Anthropology Development Studies



Chapter 1. A Cross-Atlantic Dialogue: The Progress of Research and Theory in the Study of International Migration
Alejandro Portes and Josh DeWind


Chapter 2. The Factors that Make and Unmake Migration Policies
Stephen Castles

Chapter 3. The Emerging Migration State
James Hollifield

Chapter 4. Dual Citizenship as a Path-Dependent Process
Thomas Faist, Jürgen Gerdes and Beate Rieple

Chapter 5. Immigrant Incorporation in Western Democracies
Gary Freeman


Chapter 6. Migrant Transnationalism and Modes of Transformation
Steven Vertovec

Chapter 7. Conceptualizing Simultaneity: A Transnational Social Field Perspective on Society
Peggy Levitt and Nina Glick Schiller

Chapter 8. Revisiting Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Covergencies, Controversies, and Conceptual Advancements
Min Zhou


Chapter 9. Measuring Undocumented Migration
Douglas Massey and Chiara Capoferro

Chapter 10. Illegal Migration: What Can We Know and What Can We Explain? The Case of Germany
Friedrich Heckmann

Chapter 11. Does the ‘New’ Immigration Require a ‘New’ Theory of Intergenerational Integration?
Harmut Esser

Chapter 12. Ages, Life Stages, and Generational Cohorts: Decomposing the Immigrant First and Second Generations in the United States
Rubén Rumbaut


Chapter 13. The Role of Religion in the Origins and Adaptation of Immigrant Groups in the United States
Charles Hirschman

Chapter 14. Religion and Incorporation: Islam in France and Germany
Riva Kastoryano

Notes on Contributors

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