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Migration and DisruptionsToward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations$
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Brenda J. Baker and Takeyuki Tsuda

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060804

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060804.001.0001

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Unifying Themes in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations

Unifying Themes in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations

(p.15) 1 Unifying Themes in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations
Migration and Disruptions

Takeyuki Tsuda

Brenda J. Baker

James F. Eder

Kelly J. Knudson

Jonathan Maupin

Lisa Meierotto

Rachel E. Scott

University Press of Florida

The unifying themes and concepts that span past and present in migration studies and an analytical framework that is the basis for the edited volume are laid out in this chapter. The concept of disruptions, frequently cited as a cause of past migrations, is discussed. The definition of migration adopted by book contributors, which involves movement across significant social or natural boundaries, is explained. The distinction between boundaries and borders and different types of migrants are described. The chapter then discusses the variables that influence the extent to which environmental and social disruptions have been a cause of migration over time and whether these migratory flows have in turn led to disruptive consequences for the societies that receive them.

Keywords:   Migration, Environmental disruptions, Social disruptions, Borders, Boundaries

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