Forthcoming book (August 2018).
This book draws attention to the various factors that characterise migrant flows and mobilities. Calling into question familiar concepts such as push and pull, migration as a life project and socio-cultural integration. It highlightes processes such as flexible migrant routes, temporary and return migration, mental aspects of migration processes and transnationalism. Organised around the themes of shaping trajectories, frictions in space, and the migrant mental framework, – it brings together work from scholars from Europe and beyond.
The book suggests a different understanding of migration and mobility as relational, non-linear, and fluid social processes, characterised by instability in migrant life trajectories. Emphasising the flexibility of migrants and migration and advocating the importance of emotionally charged, individual perceptions as central to migrant decision-making, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, politics and geography with interests in migration and diaspora studies. The contributions collected here put emphasis the migrants ‘social and mental processes that underpin the migratory process. Hence the attention paid to the migrant as a subject, as an actor in migration. This can be seen as the “soft-side” of migration researches. Too often, this side is neglected when the governance of migration and migration management is discussed. The novel ideas expressed here also help to overcome the mechanistic view of migration as a ‘push-pull’ (poverty- wealth) economic event.
Felicitas Hillmann and Ton van Naerssen
PART I SHAPING TRAJECTORIES
2 On wayfaring and transporting: Understanding the mobility trajectories of African migrants in Europe
3 Migrant trajectories within the context of demographic, socio-economic and environmental change: Evidence from coastal Ghana
Usha Ziegelmayer and Ernst Spaan
4 South-South migrant trajectories: African traders in China as guoke
Ding Yuan and Ching Lin Pang
PART II FRICTIONS IN SPACES
5 Unravelling the legal consciousness of deportation policies through women’s bushfalling narratives in Anglophone Cameroon
Maybritt Jill Alpes
6 Moving across juridical territories in Europe: Migrants under humanitarian protection
7 Moving home: Bolivian return migration from Spain in times of crisis
PART III MODIFYING THE MIGRANT MENTAL FRAMEWORK
8 Mobilities and mindsets: Locating imagination in transnational migrations
David Kyle, Saara Koikkalainen and Tanaya Dutta Gupta
9 Gazing into the distance: Thresholds of mobility in migrants’ lifeworlds
Lothar Smith, Martin van der Velde and Ton van Naerssen
10 Does policy matter? Journeys to Europe and the dynamics of migration decision-making
Richard Mallett and Jessica Hagen-Zanker
11 Academic mobility and identities: Stories from (ethnic) Chinese students and scholars en route
Maggi Leung and Rika Theo
12 Epilogue: Mobilities in migration
Ton van Naerssen and Felicitas Hillmann
The editors of the book are:
Felicitas Hillmann is Head of the Research Unit ‘Regeneration of Cities’ at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Germany and holds a professorship on ‘Urban Transformation in International Perspective’ at Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany. She is the co-editor of Asian Migrants and European Labour Markets: Patterns and Processes of Immigrant Labour Market Insertion in Europe. She is the author of the first German textbook on migration in the discipline of Geography: Migration – eine Einführung aus sozialgeographischer Perspektive, Steiner Verlag (2016).
Ton Van Naerssen is an associate member of the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research (NCBR) at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and a member of Transcode, the international network of migrant organizations. He is the co-editor of Mobility and Migration Choices: Thresholds to Crossing Borders; Women, Gender, Remittances and Development in the Global South; Global Migration and Development; Asian Migrants and European Labour Markets: Patterns and Processes of Immigrant Labour Market Insertion in Europe and Urban Social Movements in the Third World.
Ernst Spaan is Assistant Professor at Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, and the affiliated lecturer in courses on international migration and development at the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He co-edited New directions in exploring the migration industries (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Special Issue); Global Migration and Development and Asian Migrants and European Labour Markets: Patterns and Processes of Immigrant Labour Market Insertion in Europe.
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