Migration and Economy: Global and Local Dynamics / Edition 1

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Lillian Trager and her coauthors focus on migration not as a single event but as a dynamic process that responds to and is shaped by broader economic, cultural, and social forces. Individual essays consider issues of international and internal migration, of voluntary migration and forced movements due to civil conflicts and environmental degradation, and of macro-level forces and micro-level institutions. The authors investigate a wide variety of types of mobility; describe transnational and multilocal networks through which remittances and other flows take place; focus on migrants as active agents; and examine the impacts of ethnicity and assimilation. They offer original studies on Mexico, Puerto Rico, West Africa, Kazakstan, and Mozambique. This new volume will be a valuable resource for researchers and practitioners in development anthropology, migration studies, and international planning and policy.
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Editorial Reviews

Anthropological Quarterly
This volume is an important addition to the literature on migration. It makes a valuable claim for the contributions of anthropology to an understanding of economic dimensions of migration. Several essays also contribute to a growing literature on the meaning and impact of return migration and remittances on sending communities. Above all else the essays in this volume are clearly written and well-grounded in rich ethnographic data from a number of places around the world.
— Caroline B. Brettell, Southern Methodist University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759107755
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Series: Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph Series , #22
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Lillian Trager is professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the dynamics of migration 1
1 Unbound households : trajectories of labor, migration, and transnational livelihoods in (and from) southern Puerto Rico 49
2 Multilocality and social stratification in Kita, Mali 77
3 Nonmigrant households in Oaxaca, Mexico : why some people stay while others leave 103
4 Migration and risk taking : a case study from Kazakstan 127
5 Migratory modernity and the cosmology of consumption in Cote d'Ivoire 163
6 When houses provide more than Shelter : analyzing the uses of remittances within their sociocultural context 193
7 Women migrants and hometown linkages in Nigeria : status, economic roles, and contributions to community development 225
8 The moral economy of nonreturn among socially diverted labor migrants from Portugal and Mozambique 257
9 "Direct to the poor" revisited : migrant remittances and development assistance 289
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