Migration and identity

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University of Warwick

Migration and Identity

Reading list and course outline 2004/5

Module Code: SO.210

Tutor: Professor Robin Cohen

E. Mail: R.Cohen@warwick.ac.uk

Room R1.65 (Social Studies Blg.)

Office Hours 12-1pm Tuesdays in term

Lectures are on Tuesdays, 11-12, in Room R03/4

In Term 1 we deal with how sociologists understand migration. Weeks 1 and 2 are introductory and theoretical; Weeks 4-10 are concerned with eight major ‘types’ or ‘forms’ of migration. Term 2 deals with ‘identity’ through the prism of ‘diaspora’. Weeks 11-12 are theoretical and typological. Weeks 13-20 cover different examples of diaspora. There will be no lectures in the third term, but revision classes will be held and videos will be shown. The programme for the third term will be published at a later date.
Note: An asterisk (*) after the entry indicates ‘of special importance’. All dates refer to the lecture.

General books

Castles, Stephen and M. Miller The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2003)* (Useful overview; pp. refs are to 3rd edition)

Cohen, Robin The New Helots: Migrants in the International Division of Labour (Aldershot: Gower 1987) HM 1450.C6 (Covers some of Term 1)

Cohen Robin Global Diasporas: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2001) (Covers most of Term 2)

Reference Books

The following reference books contain useful entries on nearly all parts of the course, but they are usually far too expensive to buy. Consult in library, following up some of the bibliographies.

Chaliand, Gérard and Jean-Pierre Rageau The Penguin Atlas of Diasporas (Harmondsworth: Penguin 1995

Cohen Robin (ed) The Cambridge Survey of World Migration (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)*

Cohen, Robin (ed) Theories of Migration, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1996

Hoerder, Dirk Cultures in Contact: World Migrations in the Second Millennium Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)

Hoerder, Dirk and Leslie Page Moch (eds) European Migrants: Global and Local Pespectives (Boston 1996)

Kritz, Mary M., Lin L. Lim and Hania Zlotnik (eds) International Migration Systems: a Global Approach (Oxford 1992)

Massey, D. S. and J. E. Taylor (eds) International Migration: Prospects and Policies in a Global Market (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004

Pan, Lynn (ed) The Encyclopaedia of the Chinese Overseas (1999)

Segal, Aaron An Atlas of International Migration (London: Hans Zell, 1993)

Simon, Rita J. and Caroline B Brettall International Migration: The Female Experience Totowa: ??, 1986)

Vertovec, Steven and Robin Cohen (eds.) Migration, Diasporas and Transnationalism Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1999*

Journals to be consulted


Ethnic and Racial Studies

Global Networks

Immigrants and Minorities

International Migration

International Migration Review (IMR)***

Journal of Refugee Studies

Migration Today

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Race and Class

Term 1

WEEK 1: Introduction to the Literature/Class Assignments/Basic Terms


Self-check: You should now have a clear idea of the structure of the course and your commitments to it.

WEEK 2: Why people move: theories of migration


Distinguish between the individual’s desires and motives to move and the structural and macro changes that encourage movement. Can all the different forms of migration (forced,, labour, refugee, skilled, etc.) all be explained in a single general theory? What are the permissive and inhibiting factors at a meso- level: for example immigration policies? Is there a different set of explanations for the initiation of migration as opposed to its continuation?
Bach, Robert L and L. A. Schraml ‘Migration Crisis and Theoretical Conflict’ IMR 23 (2), 1982, 320–41

Borjas, G. J. ‘Economic Theory and International Migration’, IMR, 23 (3), Fall 1989

Cherunilam, F. Migration: Causes, Correlates, Consequences, Trends and Policies (Bombay: Himalaya Publishing House, 1989)* HC 2000.C4

Castles and Miller The Age of Migration, 21–32*

Cohen, Robin The New Helots, 33–42

Cohen, Robin (ed) Theories of Migration (see esp. the Massey et al and Zoberg)*

Hein, J. ‘Refugees, Immigrants and the State’, Annual Review of Sociology, 19, 43–59

History Task Force Labour Migration Under Capitalism: The Puerto Rican Experience (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1979) (also for Caribbean section) HM 1456.4.C4

Hoffman-Nowotny, H.’A Sociological Approach Towards a General Theory of Migration’ in Kritz, M. M. et al. (eds) Global Trends in Migration (New York: Centre for Migration Studies, 1981)* HC 2000.G5

Jackson, J. A. (ed.) Migration (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969) esp. chapter by Lee HC 2000.J2 also in Cohen 1996

Kritz, M. M. et al. (eds) Global Trends in Migration (New York: Centre for Migration Studies, 1981)* HC 2000.G5

Kunz, E ‘The Refugee in Flight: Kinetic Models and Forms of Displacement’, IMR 7 (2), 1973,125–46

Kunz, E. ‘Exile and Resettlement: Refugee Theory’, IMR, 15 (1), 1981, 42–51

Lee, Everett ‘A Theory of Migration’, Demography, 3 (1), 47–57 (also reprinted in Jackson and Cohen q.v.)

Massey, Douglas M. ‘Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisal’ Population and Development Review 19 (3), Sept. 1993, 431–669 (note 65 references at back)

Massey, Douglas M. ‘An Evaluation of International Migration Theory: The North American Case’ Population and Development Review 20 (4), Dec. 1994, 699–751 (note 225 references at back)

Nikolinakos, M. ‘Notes towards a General Theory of Migration’ Race and Class, 17 (1), Summer 1975, 5–16

Peterson, W. ‘A General Typology of Migration’ American Sociological Review Vol. 23, 1958, 256–66

Portes, Alejandro and Josef Borocz ‘Contemporary Migration: Theoretical Perspectives on its Determinants and Modes of Incorporation’ IMR, 23 (3), 1989, 606–30

Portes, Alejandro. and J. Walton Labor, Class and the International System (New York: Academic Press, 1981) HL 6400.P6 chapter on ‘Migration and Development’

Potts, Lydia The World Labour Market, 199–224

Richmond, Anthony H. ‘Proactive and reactive migration’ in A. H. Richmond Global Apartheid: Refugees, Racism, and the New World Order, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 47–74

Zolberg, Aristide ‘The Next Waves: Migration Theory for a Changing World’ IMR, 23 (3), 1989, 403–30
Self-check: You should have some idea (but not yet a complete grasp of) the causes of migration and should be able to distinguish most ‘types’ of migration. Think now about the essays you might like to tackle!

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