Migration and Society

Advances in Research

Editors
Mette Louise Berg, University College London
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London


In this period of ongoing global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Migration and Society is receiving submissions, but working at reduced capacity. 

We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis for future volumes.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 4 (2021): Issue 1 (Jun 2021)

Volume 4 / 2021, 1 issue per volume (winter)

Aims & Scope

Migration is at the heart of the transformation of societies and communities and touches the lives of people across the globe. Migration and Society is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration. We invite work that situates migration in a wider historical and societal context, including attention to experiences and representations of migration, critical theoretical perspectives on migration, and the social, cultural, and legal embeddedness of migration. Global in its scope, we particularly encourage scholarship from and about the global South as well as the North.

Migration and Society addresses both dynamics and drivers of migration; processes of settlement and integration; and transnational practices and diaspora formation. We publish theoretically informed and empirically based articles of the highest quality, especially encouraging work that interrogates and transcends the boundaries between the social sciences and the arts and humanities.

We also welcome articles that reflect on the complexities of both studying and teaching migration, as well as pieces that focus on the relationship between scholarship and the policies and politics of migration.

Editors
Mette Louise Berg, University College London, UK
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London, UK

Book Reviews Editors
Agnieszka Kubal, University College London, UK
Gunvor Jónsson, Oxford University, UK

Creative Encounters Editor
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Oxford University, UK

Editorial Board
Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol, UK
Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford, UK
Josh DeWind, Social Science Research Council, New York, USA
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway
Don Flynn, Migrants’ Rights Network, London, UK
Nancy Foner, CUNY, New York, USA
Izabela Grabowska, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and University of Warsaw, Poland
Sari Hanafi, American University, Beirut, Lebanon
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California, USA
Ahmet Icduygu, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College and Harvard University, USA
Stephen C. Lubkemann, George Washington University, USA
Takyiwaa Manuh, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, University College London, UK
Ewa Morawska, University of Essex, UK
Magdalena Nowicka, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Karen Fog Olwig, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Laura Oso, University of A Coruña, Spain
Ann Phoenix, University College London, UK
Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester, UK
Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham, UK
Nick Van Hear, University of Oxford, UK
Steve Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany
Darshan Vigneswaran, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amanda Wise, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore

Manuscript Submission

In this period of ongoing global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Migration and Society is receiving submissions, but working at reduced capacity. Volume 4 is currently in production, with an anticipated publication date of April 2021.

We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis for future volumes.


Please review the submission and style guide carefully before submitting.

Please submit articles, reviews, and other contributions as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files through the online submissions system at http://ojs3.berghahnjournals.com/index.php/air-ms/login.

Authors must register with the journal on the submission website prior to submitting, or, if already registered, they can simply log in. On registering as an Author, authors have the option of also registering as a Reviewer (to be called upon to undertake peer reviews of other submissions).

All submissions are subject to a rigorous double blind peer review process and submission is no guarantee of publication. We encourage authors to ensure their submissions are ready for peer review. To this end, please:

  • Carefully edit your submission
  • Ensure you have formatted the piece correctly, following the submission and style guide
  • Respect the relevant word lengths, as stated below. Submissions that are over length may be rejected
  • Anonymize your submission and submit a cover sheet with your bio and an abstract in a separate file
  • The editors reserve the right to reject submissions that are not suitable for publication in the journal.

Submissions are welcome for consideration in one of the five key journal sections:

  • Research Articles: Each issue will include articles (maximum 8,000 words) addressing a key theme, in addition to a range of other migration-and-society-related articles;
  • People & Places consists of shorter pieces (2,000 to 4,000 words), including notes from the field, “migrant voices,” and interviews with scholars, practitioners, and policymakers;
  • Reflections invites critical reflections (maximum 5,000 words) on migration research and teaching;
  • Creative Encounters includes photo essays and other creative representations of migration;
  • Book Reviews (800 words for single book reviews, 1,300 to 1,4000 words for two books, 1,500 to 1,600 words for three books) conclude each issue. Please note: All quotations from the book/ volume have to be followed by exact page numbers.

NB: Word counts are inclusive of footnotes, endnotes, and references.

Migration and Society is committed to inclusive citation and scholarly practice. We encourage our contributors to ensure they reference and engage with the work of female, black, and minority ethnic writers, and work by other under-represented groups.

Have other questions? Please refer to the Berghahn Info for Authors page for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Any inquiries should be sent to the editors at migration@berghahnjournals.com.


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As part of the Berghahn Open Anthro initiative, articles in Migration and Society: Advances in Research (ARMS) are published open access under a Creative Commons license.

Authors must visit our License Options page to select and download their preferred license agreement. Completed and signed forms should be sent to copyright@berghahnjournals.com.


Ethics Statement

Authors published in Migration and Society: Advances in Research (ARMS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor(s) concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ARMS ethics statement.

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Introduction

Recentering the South in Studies of Migration

Abstract

It has become increasingly mainstream to argue that redressing the Eurocentrism of migration studies requires a commitment to decentering global North knowledge. However, it is less clear whether this necessarily means “recentering the South.” Against this backdrop, this introduction starts by highlighting diverse ways that scholars, including the contributors to this special issue, have sought to redress Eurocentrism in migration studies: (1) examining the applicability of classical concepts and frameworks in the South; (2) filling blind spots by studying migration in the South and South-South migration; and (3) engaging critically with the geopolitics of knowledge production. The remainder of the introduction examines questions on decentering and recentering, different ways of conceptualizing the South, and—as a pressing concern with regard to knowledge production —the politics of citation. In so doing, the introduction critically delineates the contours of these debates, provides a frame for this volume, and sets out a number of key thematic and editorial priorities for Migration and Society moving forward.

Sanctuary City Organizing in Canada

From Hospitality to Solidarity

ABSTRACT

In recent years, migrant justice organizers in Canada have developed campaigns aimed at building, legislating, and enforcing municipal commitments to alleviating and resisting the harms done by federal immigration enforcement, and ensuring migrant access to municipal services. As a result of these efforts, some cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Hamilton, have declared themselves “sanctuary cities,” and campaigns centered around this concept have emerged in other localities across the country. In this article, the authors—who are themselves involved in sanctuary city organizing—reflect on the concept, and offer a critical assessment of these organizing efforts. We provide a brief history of these campaigns in Canada, discuss the impact of these policies in cities where they have been adopted, reflect on the types of politics that inform notions of sanctuary, hospitality, solidarity, and resistance, and offer some lessons for moving forward.

“Windrush Generation” and “Hostile Environment”

Symbols and Lived Experiences in Caribbean Migration to the UK

Abstract

The Windrush scandal belongs to a much longer arc of Caribbean-British transmigration, forced and free. The genesis of the scandal can be found in the post–World War II period, when Caribbean migration was at first strongly encouraged and then increasingly harshly constrained. This reflection traces the effects of these changes as they were experienced in the lives of individuals and families. In the Caribbean this recent scandal is understood as extending the longer history of colonial relations between Britain and the Caribbean and as a further reason to demand reparations for slavery. Experiences of the Windrush generation recall the limbo dance of the middle passage; the dancer moves under a bar that is gradually lowered until a mere slit remains.

Introduction to the Issue

Encountering Hospitality and Hostility

ABSTRACT

This introductory article to the inaugural issue of Migration and Society reflects on the complex and often contradictory nature of migration encounters by focusing on diverse dynamics of hospitality and hostility towards migrants around the world and in different historical contexts. Discourses, practices, and policies of hospitality and hostility towards migrants and refugees raise urgent moral, ethical, political, and social questions. Hospitality and hostility are interlinked, yet seemingly contradictory concepts and processes, as also acknowledged by earlier writers, including Derrida, who coined the term hostipitality. Drawing on Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s work and on feminist scholars of care, we argue for the need to trace alternative modes of thought and action that transcend and resist the fatalistic invocations of hostipitality. This requires an unpacking of the categories of host and guest, taking us from universalizing claims and the taxonomy of host-guest relations to the messiness of everyday life and its potential for care, generosity, and recognition in encounters.

Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Abstract

This article examines the ways in which both colonial and postcolonial migration regimes in Kenya and Tanzania have reproduced forms of differential governance toward the mobilities of particular African bodies. While there has been a growing interest in the institutional discrimination and “othering” of migrants in or in transit to Europe, comparable dynamics in the global South have received less scholarly attention. The article traces the enduring governmental differentiation, racialization, and management of labor migrants and refugees in Kenya and Tanzania. It argues that analyses of contemporary policies of migration management are incomplete without a structured appreciation of the historical trajectories of migration control, which are inseparably linked to notions of coloniality and related constructions of (un)profitable African bodies. It concludes by recognizing the limits of controlling Africans on the move and points toward the inevitable emergence of social conditions in which conviviality and potentiality prevail.