International Migration and Social Theory

  title={International Migration and Social Theory},
  author={Karen o’reilly},
There is little doubt that international migration has been increasing especially since the 1980s, perhaps doubling since then in terms of absolute numbers (Castles & Miller 2009). Migration also continually changes shape, form, direction, and content to such an extent that it is no longer possible to provide encompassing typologies of migrants, flows, destinations, or outcomes. Migration has become a normal feature of contemporary societies: a global phenomenon of flows and counterflows… 
Editorial: Towards a Critical Understanding of the Disability/Forced Migration nexus
Much has been written and documented on forced migration and the movements of people within and across national borders. People have always been forced to move, they always will, perhaps now more
Gaps in Migration Research: Review of migration theories and the quality and compatibility of migration data on the national and international level.
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Moroccan Migration to France: Historical Patterns and Effects on Assimilation
This paper seeks to understand assimilation patterns of Moroccan immigrants in France. Through the study of quotidian Moroccan life, starting with the establishment of the French protectorate, both
What is the force of forced migration? Diagnosis and critique of a conceptual relativization
Theorizing of forced migration and refugees has been paralyzed by excessive reliance on migration theory. This article suggests the need to transfer conceptualizations of forced migration to
Lifestyle Migration and the British in France
This chapter explores relevant literature relating to lifestyle migration, beginning with a consideration of the concept itself. It reviews how existing studies draw on the concept of discourse in
A society of departure in post-communist Europe: socio-political reasons behind mass Lithuanian emigration
Migration occurs among all states, even under “normal” political conditions. When traumatic changes unfold, migration usually increases dramatically. Although all post-communist states experienced
Deconstructing belonging in lifestyle migration: Tracking the emotional negotiations of the British in rural France
This article examines the emotional negotiations that mark the lived experience of Britons residing in rural France – a paradigmatic case of lifestyle migration – to develop a nuanced understanding
From lifestyle migration to lifestyle in migration: Categories, concepts and ways of thinking
This article argues that analytical concepts used in migration (and other) research are most effectively employed empirically when their methodological underpinnings, and the nature of their
Challenges in Lifestyle Migration Research: Reflections and Findings about the Spanish Crisis
Abstract The lifestyle migration conceptual framework is based on the motivation for moving reported by the migrants themselves. We discuss the operability of this approach, which is built on the
Mediating Agency and Structure in Sociology: What Role for Conversion Factors?
The article argues that the Capability Approach can enrich sociology’s capacity to link human agency and structure in dynamic analyses of social inequality and marginality. While many read the


Twenty-First-Century Migration as a Challenge to Sociology
International migration is, by definition, a social phenomenon that crosses national borders and affects two or more nation-states. Its analysis requires theories and methodologies capable of
Towards a Sociology of Forced Migration and Social Transformation
Forced migration - including refugee flows, asylum seekers, internal displacement and development-induced displacement - has increased considerably in volume and political significance since the end
International Migration: A Very Short Introduction
Why has international migration become an issue of such intense public and political concern? How closely linked are migrants with terrorist organizations? What factors lie behind the dramatic
Understanding Global Migration: A Social Transformation Perspective
This article aims to examine some of the difficulties of theory formation in international migration studies, and to suggest a response. The starting point is an examination of the dominant
Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration
In this age of multicultural democracy, the idea of assimilation - that the social distance separating immigrants and their children from the mainstream of American society closes over time - seems
Tracking Transnationalism: Migrancy and its Futures
In this introduction to the special issue we argue that a reconsideration of the notion of ‘migrancy’ can add greater emphasis to a particular methodological terrain within the burgeoning literature
Theories of Migration and Social Change
The starting-point in this themed issue of JEMS on theories of migration and social change is to view migration as a process which is an integral part of broader social transformations, but which
Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium
At the end of the 20th century nearly all developed nations have become countries of immigration, absorbing growing numbers of immigrants not only from developed regions, but increasingly from
‘Mind the Gap!’ Integrating Approaches to Internal and International Migration
The interdisciplinary field of migration studies is split into internal and international migration, characterised by different literatures, concepts, methods and policy agendas. Most migration
Methodological Nationalism and Beyond: Nation-State Building, Migration and the Social Sciences
Methodological nationalism is understood as the assumption that the nation/state/society is the natural social and political form of the modern world. We distinguish three modes of methodological