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Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration$
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Graciela S. Cabana and Jeffery J. Clark

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036076

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036076.001.0001

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Introduction Migration in Anthropology

Introduction Migration in Anthropology

Where We Stand

(p.3) Introduction Migration in Anthropology
Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Graciela S. Cabana

Jeffery J. Clark

University Press of Florida

The introductory chapter sets up the theoretical tone of the volume. It argues that migration researchers often work from different disciplinary perspectives so that their migration studies are often incompatible with each other. Based on this premise, the volume's contributors developed a “minimal definition” of migration as one-way relocation to a different “environment” by at least one individual. This is meant to be a working definition that should be used as a common denominator that can be embellished or challenged. The chapter builds on the minimal definition through the discussion of certain key variables: structure and scale, motivation, impact, distance, and mode and technology.

Keywords:   migration, anthropology, interdisciplinarity, human movement, boundaries, frontiers, transgression

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