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.
Definition: Patterns of migration – undertaken by men as well as women – that are shaped quite powerfully by gender, and in particular by deeply rooted understandings of gender roles.
A common perception about migration processes is that people migrate primarily for structural reasons related to the global and local economic systems (economic migration) or to the dangers and persecutions they face in their country of origin (forced migration). When migration is framed this way, the connection of migration processes to gender relations and roles is often overlooked, even in research by social scientists (Morokvasic 1984). The mainstream media also generally neglect or misrepresent gender when they deal with migration: the typical image [Page 73]of the migrant is that of a young man ...