Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.
Chapter 18: Family Migration and Reunification
Family Migration and Reunification
In many analyses, migration is something individuals do. This assumption obscures a key feature of contemporary as well as historical migration: individuals are embedded in families (as well as other types of kinship networks), and family ties therefore shape the migration process in important ways. Migration on the basis of family ties is a topic at the core of migration studies: it might be tempting to think of such migration as secondary, a mere appendage to the migration of those whose decisions are rooted in ...