The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces

Paperback | January 15, 2000

byThomas Faist

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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration provides a theoretical account of the causes, nature, and extent of the movement of international South-North migrants between affluent and poorer countries. The puzzle is: why are there so few international migrants out of most places? Andwhy are there so many out of so few places? Only once migration out of a few places has started, do we see relatively more people moving. Mass mobility proceeds only when migrant networks turn local assets into transnational ones. The book also examines the reasons why many immigrants continue to keep ties to their places of origin, and why these ties do not hinder the adaptation of newcomers to immigration countries. These ties span immigration and emigration countries and form transnational social spaces, ranging fromborder-crossing families to refuges diasporas. Transnational social formations carry far-reaching implications for immigration adaptation, dual citizenship, and transnationalizing civil societites. The author provides an empirical grounding for his arguments by analysing the Turkish-Germanexample.

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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration provides a theoretical account of the causes, nature, and extent of the movement of international South-North migrants between affluent and poorer countries. The puzzle is: why are there so few international migrants out of most places? Andwhy are there so many out of so few places? On...

Thomas Faist is Privatdozent (Lecturer) at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, University of Bremen, Germany

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297262

ISBN - 13:9780198297260

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1. Lacunae Of Migration And Post-Migration Theories2. A Review Of Dominant Theories Of International Migration3. Situating The First Puzzle: Why So Few Migrants And Why So Many?4. The Crucial Meso Link: Social Capital In Social And Symbolic Ties5. The Selective Functions Of Social Capital: Why So Few Migrants Out Of Most Places?6. The Selective And Diffusion Functions Of Social Capital: Why So Many Migrants Out Of So Few Places?7. The Bridging Function Of Social Capital: Transnational Social Spaces8. The Adaptive Functions Of Social Capital: Transnationalization And Nation-State Membership9. Elements For Multilevel Research On International Migration And Post-Migration Processes

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`a fascinating and critical overview of the dominant theories of migration that is well worth reading, and adds valuably to the increasing contemporary literature on this subject.'Jeff Handmaker, The Ethnic Conflict, Vol.3, No.2