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: Social networks are sets of relationships that are open in principle and are composed of different kinds of social ties. Migrant networks involve social ties that take shape via the distinctive experiences of migration; these networks usually persist across international boundaries.
[Page 95]Everyone has social networks. We are all connected in various ways to family members, friends, neighbours, community members, schoolmates, teachers, colleagues, employers, co-religionists, and even bureaucrats and government officials. Migrants are no different in this respect – they have social networks too. However, migrants’ networks are usually different from those of native-born persons in some important ways and thus have different life consequences.
A social network is made up of individuals or organizations, often called ‘nodes’, which are tied together by ...