Talking across Disciplines, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2008 – 304 pages
During the last decade the issue of migration has increased in global prominence and has caused controversy among the host countries around the world. Continuing their interdisciplinary approach, editors Catherine Brettell and James Hollifield have included revised essays from the first edition in such fields as anthropology, political science, and history. This edition also features new essays by a demographer, geopgrapher, and sociologist.
"This is an invaluable addition to the bourgeoning field of migration research. It informs the reader about all that needs to be done to strengthen the interdisciplinary perspectives that should be the core of migration research while highlighting the insights and limitations of extant disciplinary research. It expands on the first edition and adds a major new chapter by Adrian Favell that challenges facile constructionist critics and traditional social scientists to find ways to think about migration without invoking the nation state."
-- Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science, Columbia University
"Migration Theory is an indispensable book for anyone interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the movement of people in today's highly interconnected world."
--Leo Chávez, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
"International migration is an experience that affects every aspect of human life. It cannot be adequately understood from the perspective of any one social science. The second edition of this important book provides an invaluable introduction to the diverse theories and methods needed to truly understand this crucial aspect of today’s world. It should be required reading for students, practitioners, and policy-makers."
--Stephen Castles, Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies, University of Oxford
"As I face the challenge of encouraging graduate students to talk both ‘across disciplines’ and ‘across area studies,’ I regularly turn to Migration Theory. The book does an excellent job of introducing historians working in this multi-disciplinary field to the issues, methods, promise, and limits of the scholarship on migration in the social sciences."
--Donna R. Gabaccia, Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
INTRODUCTION--Migration Theory: Talking across Disciplines, Caroline B. Brettell and James F. Hollifield; CHAPTER 1--History and the Study of Immigration: Narratives of the Particular, Hasia R. Diner; CHAPTER 2--Demographic Analyses of International Migration, Michael S. Teitelbaum; CHAPTER 3--Are Immigrants Favorably Self-Selected? An Economic Analysis, Barry R. Chiswick; CHAPTER 4--The Sociology of Immigration: From Assimilation to Segmented; Assimilation, from the American Experience to the Global Arena, Barbara Schmitter Heisler; CHAPTER 5--Theorizing Migration in Anthropology: The Social Construction of Networks, Identities, Communities, and Globalscapes, Caroline B. Brettell; CHAPTER 6--Place, Space, and Pattern: Geographical Theories in International Migration, Susan W. Hardwick; CHAPTER 7--The Politics of International Migration: How Can We "Bring the State Back In"?, James F. Hollifield; CHAPTER 8--Law and the Study of Migration, Peter H. Schuck; CHAPTER 9--Re-booting Migration Theory: Interdisciplinarity, Globality and Post-disciplinarity in Migration Studies; Adrian Favell
Caroline Brettell is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University and Dean ad Interim of Dedman College.
James F. Hollifield is Arnold Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University.