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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

International Migration and Social Theory

ISBN 9780230221307
Publication Date July 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Themes in Social Theory

Affecting millions across the globe every day, international migration encompasses a wide range of concerns. It is not only a central dynamic in processes of globalization and government policy-making, but also a deeply personal topic that cuts to the heart of notions of identity, home and belonging.

International Migration and Social Theory provides a clear map of this field, and shows how social theory can illuminate our understanding of the way we move around the globe. Explaining and critiquing a wide range of theories, approaches and concepts, the text provides a new theoretical framework for future study and applies it to extended empirical case studies. The book explores core migration topics, from labour and lifestyle migration to refugees and the role of women, to shed light on the implications of migration at global, national and personal levels.

This compelling text traces key trends in this diverse field to provide a clear overview of international migration today. It presents invaluable insights for students and researchers in Sociology, Politics and Migration Studies.

  • Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013

KAREN O'REILLY is Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, UK. She has vast experience of teaching sociological theory and international migration, and has published widely in the field of sociology. Her previous publications include Ethnographic Methods, Key Concepts in Ethnography and The British on the Costa del Sol.

Practice Theory: A Framework for International Migration Research Theories and Perspectives in Migration
Lifestyle Migration: British Migration to Spain's Coastal Areas
Labour Migration: Mexican Labour Migration to the United States
Domestic Labour Migration: Filipina Domestic Labour Migration to Hong Kong
Refugees and Forced Migration: Refugee Children in the United Kingdom


An engaging, well-organized, and easy to follow text which covers migration theories from a new perspective.' – Matthew Sanderson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Kansas State University, USA
'A valuable contribution to scholarship in both the migration and social theory fields, written with exemplary clarity.' – David Bartram, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Leicester, UK
'A useful overview of the theories and concepts within migration studies. It provides a thought provoking and helpful framework for understanding migration, and is a valuable tool for both researchers and lecturers.' – Louise Ryan, Reader in Gender and Migration, Middlesex University, UK
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