publication . Article . 2009

Migrations of theory, method and practice: a reflection on themes in migration studies (Review article)

Palmary, Ingrid;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
  • Publisher: Psychology in Society
Abstract
In this review article, I offer some reflection on three themes in migration research, namely, the categorisation and quantification of migration, the role of trauma and distress in such categorisation, and the feminisation of migration. I was prompted to explore these three themes after reading a recent publication on migration in southern Africa (edited by Kok, Gelderblom, Oucho and Van Zyl, 2006). In this paper I raise these as three areas that appear to be determining the boundaries of the discipline of migration studies in ways that raise familiar concerns about representation, claims to objectivity and the perpetuation of inequalities. Although these are b...
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