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: The process by which immigrants gain social membership and develop the ability to participate in key institutions in the destination country.

Broadly speaking, integration refers to changes that immigrants undergo after arrival in the destination country; in recent years it has been extended to indicate changes in the receiving society as well, thus integration as a two-way process. The phrase ‘after arrival’ points to a divide that characterizes much research on migration: many studies focus either on the determinants of migration (thus before arrival) or on the experiences of immigrants in the receiving society. Castles and Miller (2009) argue that this divide is artificial and make a case for research that engages with the migratory process as a whole. While this argument is persuasive, ...

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