What is Migration History?
July 2009, Polity
Historical perspectives reveal how the scholarly field emerged and developed over time and across cultures and how historians of migration have recently begun to re-write the story of human life on earth. Throughout, the authors suggest how the movements of millions of mobile men and women persistently challenge changing scholarly paradigms for understanding their lives. Key concepts and theories, such as systems, networks, and gender, are explained and historicized to produce a complex picture of the interaction of migrants, scholars, and disciplinary cultures in a globalized world.
Detailed Contents viii
List of Maps xix
Chapter 1 Introduction: Popular Views – Scholarly Reconceptualizations 1
Chapter 2 Migration in Human History – The long View 8
Chapter 3 Theories of Migration and Cultural Interaction 53
Chapter 4 A Systems Approach to Migrant Trajectories 87
Chapter 5 Migrant Practices as a Challenge to Scholarship 115
Chapter 6 Perspectives in the Early
Twenty-First Century 133
Dirk Hoerder, Professor, Arizona State University
A concise introduction to a key and vibrant field of history: migration.
Written by some of the leading scholars in the international field.
Balances material on the theories and approaches to migration with providing an overview of the history of human migration itself.
Introduces the key areas of contemporary debate, including gender, transnational and transcultural lives, and migrant entrepreneurs.
Times Higher Education
"A very helpful tool for both learning about migration history
and migration research."
European History Quarterly
"This book provides the reader with an
updated, and mostly complete, summary of migration history while
remaining a short read. Beyond making a great reading assignment
for an undergraduate class, this book truly manages to challenge
and engage its readership into rethinking its notions of migration
out of the classic American area."
Canadian Journal of History
"The book's great strength is in addressing a great number of
historical and contemporary topics in migration as well as numerous
Journal of World History
"Comprehensive and lively, this volume spans the history and
scholarship on migtration, telling a gendered tale that attends to
structure, agency and migration sysstems. Harzig, Hoerder and
Gabaccia systematize an array of concepts and insights from
scholars worldwide, then conclude with a flourish that gives due to
emerging transcultural societal studies and to migrants
Leslie Moch, Michigan State University
"This is an impressively wide-ranging and accessible overview of
global migration. It charts the long history of international
migration, critiques migration theory and raises important
questions for contemporary migration scholarship and policy. It
should become an essential text book for courses dealing with
Colin Pooley, Lancaster University
"This is a short book with a long temporal span and a big
conceptual framework. It treats migration not as a chapter of U.S.
history, or any other national narrative, but as a central and
intrinsic element of the human condition. Its historical coverage
stretches from the first homo sapiens exodus out of our
East-African cradle to the present. The authors offer a thoughtful
discussion of migration and cultural-interaction theories. They not
only stress the variety of migration experiences but also detect
recurrent patterns in what at first sight may seem endless
diversity and build explanatory typologies based on their
Jose C. Moya, Director, Forum on Migration, Barnard College, Columbia University