Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781861893642 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
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Uncertain Identity

International Migration since 1945

William M. Spellman

William M. Spellman

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272 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2008
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781861893642 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $14.48 to $24.95 ISBN: 9781861894625 Published March 2008
Globalization is the defining phenomenon of the twenty-first century and migration is the cornerstone of its economic and social force. Uncertain Identity examines international movements of peoples over the past sixty years to show what migration patterns have meant to the economic and social systems of countries around the world.

            W. M. Spellman chronicles how after 1945, migration patterns expanded in numbers of people and origin countries, due to overpopulation, poverty, violent conflicts, and the lowered costs of air travel. Uncertain Identity sets these patterns in the context of issues such as the impact of voluntary and forced relocation on the migrants and destination countries, the significance of south-to-north migrations, and recent enactments of restrictive immigration measures in developed nations. Spellman also considers temporary and refugee migrations and the ways in which refugees maintain cultural traditions despite their new environments.

            An incisive study with global breadth, Uncertain Identity offers invaluable analysis for specialists in political science, sociology, and economics.
 
Contents
Introduction: Dimensions of Recent International Migration
 
1. The Changing Face of Europe
 
2. North-South Divide in the Americas
 
3. Africa: The Displacement Continent
 
4. Migrants in the Islamic World
 
5. Global Workers from South and East Asia
 
Conclusion: States, Immigrants and Global Rift
 
References
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
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