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SOCI2073

Global migration

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Monday 9:30 – 11:20

Lecture venue
CPD-1.21

Course description

Human migration has been growing in volume.  Any analysis of society is incomplete without an examination of migration.  This course provides an introductory overview of the field of migration studies.  To understand human migration, we will first discuss why people move.  We will also review general theories of immigrant adaptation.  Theoretical frameworks for understanding migration reviewed in this course range from classic migration theories of the Chicago School to the recent institutional approach to migration.

We will then explore how immigrant entrepreneurship is related to the adaptation and survival strategies taken by immigrants. In particular, we will focus on how immigrant resources to start their businesses have impacts on ethnic communities.  Finally, we will address the issue of migration and citizenship.

Sept 1: Introduction

Sept 8: Reasons to Move

Massey, Douglas S. 1990. “Social Structure, Household Strategies, and the Cumulative Causation of Migration.” Population Index 56,1:3-26

Sept 15: Migration and Hong Kong

Kumiko Shibuya, Hua Guo, and Eric Fong. “Unemployment Patterns of Local-born and Migrant Youth in a Postcolonial Society: A Double Cohort Analysis,” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 688(1) 20-37

Sept 22, 29: Assimilation I: Classical Approaches

Gordon, Milton. 1964. Assimilation in American Life. Oxford University Press. (Chapter 3-4)

Oct 6: Assimilation II: Classical Approaches

Alba, Richard and Victor Nee. 2003. Remaking the American Mainstreams. Harvard University Press (Chapter 2)

Oct 20: Assimilation III: Recent Approaches

Rumbaut, Ruben G. 1997. “Assimilation and its Discontents: Between Rhetoric and Reality.” International Migration Review 31(4):923-960.

Luthra, Renee, Thomas Soehl, and Roger Waldinger. 2018. “Reconceptualizing Context: A Multilevel Model of the Context of Reception and Second‐Generation Educational Attainment” International Migration Review 52(3): 898–928.

Oct 27: Transnational Approach

Portes, Alejandro, Luis E. Guarnizo, and Patricia Landolt. 1999. “The Study of Transnationalism: Pitfalls and Promise of an Emergent Research Field.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 22(2):463-477.

Eric Fong, Xingshan Cao, and Elic Chan. 2010. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind?: Patterns of Transnational Contact among Chinese and Indian Immigrants in Toronto.” Sociological Forum 25(3): 428-449.

Nov 3: Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Class Resources, Ethnic Community

Light, Ivan and Steven Gold. Chapter 4: “Class Resources” in Ethnic Economies. Academic Press.

Fong, Eric and Brent Berry. 2017. Chapter 5: “Immigrant Businesses and Ethnic Economies,” in Immigration and the City. Polity Press.

Nov 10: Migration and Citizenship

Bloemraad, I., Sheares, A. 2017. “Understanding Membership in a World of Global Migration: (How) Does Citizenship Matter?” International Migration Review 51(4): 823-867

Nov 17: Conclusion

Nov 24: Test

Assessment

TasksWeighting
Test40%
Tutorial Exercise 110%
Tutorial Exercise 210%
Tutorial Group Project40%

Required reading

Massey, Douglas S. 1990. “Social Structure, Household Strategies, and the Cumulative Causation of Migration.” Population Index 56,1:3-26

Kumiko Shibuya, Hua Guo, and Eric Fong. “Unemployment Patterns of Local-born and Migrant Youth in a Postcolonial Society: A Double Cohort Analysis,” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 688(1) 20-37

Gordon, Milton. 1964. Assimilation in American Life. Oxford University Press. (Chapter 3-4)

Alba, Richard and Victor Nee. 2003. Remaking the American Mainstreams. Harvard University Press (Chapter 2)

Rumbaut, Ruben G. 1997. “Assimilation and its Discontents: Between Rhetoric and Reality.” International Migration Review 31(4):923-960.

Luthra, Renee, Thomas Soehl, and Roger Waldinger. 2018. “Reconceptualizing Context: A Multilevel Model of the Context of Reception and Second‐Generation Educational Attainment” International Migration Review 52(3): 898–928.

Portes, Alejandro, Luis E. Guarnizo, and Patricia Landolt. 1999. “The Study of Transnationalism: Pitfalls and Promise of an Emergent Research Field.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 22(2):463-477.

Eric Fong, Xingshan Cao, and Elic Chan. 2010. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind?: Patterns of Transnational Contact among Chinese and Indian Immigrants in Toronto.” Sociological Forum 25(3): 428-449.

Light, Ivan and Steven Gold. Chapter 4: “Class Resources” in Ethnic Economies. Academic Press.

Fong, Eric and Brent Berry. 2017. Chapter 5: “Immigrant Businesses and Ethnic Economies,” in Immigration and the City. Polity Press.

Bloemraad, I., Sheares, A. 2017. “Understanding Membership in a World of Global Migration: (How) Does Citizenship Matter?” International Migration Review 51(4): 823-867

Course co-ordinator and teachers

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