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 31: Remittances
The term remittances refers primarily to the money migrants send back to family (and perhaps other community members) in the country of origin (or, sometimes, third countries). When we recall that migrants are not abstract individuals but members of families and communities, it is unsurprising that significant numbers send significant amounts of money. The size of the flows suggests that the topic of remittances extends beyond the money itself, affecting migrant-sending countries in quite broad ways, i.e., not just the individuals who are the direct recipients.
The volume of recorded remittances to developing countries has soared over the last decade, ...