Handbook of Research Methods in Migration

Handbook of Research Methods in Migration

by Carlos Vargas-Silva (Editor)

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Overview

Covering both qualitative and quantitative topics, the expert contributors in this Handbook explore fundamental issues of scientific logic, methodology and methods, through to practical applications of different techniques and approaches in migration research.


The chapters of this interdisciplinary Handbook maintain an introductory level of discussion on migration research methods, while providing readers with references necessary for those wishing to go deeper into the topic. Using a combination of concepts and techniques with research experiences from the field, this Handbook will prove to be an invaluable guide.


Master-level students and academics in migration-related programs will find this compendium a useful and stimulating resource. It also discusses issues relating to the collection of data on migrants, including topics such as survey designs, interviewing techniques and ethical issues that policymakers and government employees will find informative.


Advisory Board:

Professor Stephen Castles

Professor Robin Cohen

Professor Josh DeWind

Professor Raúl Delgado Wise

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781005422
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Edited by Carlos Vargas-Silva, Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, UK

Table of Contents

Contents:


Introduction

Carlos Vargas-Silva


PART I: FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES OF SCIENTIFIC LOGIC, METHODOLOGY AND METHODS IN MIGRATION STUDIES

1. Understanding the Relationship between Methodology and Methods

Stephen Castles


2. Migration Research between Positivistic Scientism and Relativism: A Critical Realist Way Out

Theodoros Iosifides


3. Migration, Methods and Innovation: A Reconsideration of Variation and Conceptualization in Research on Foreign Workers

David Bartram


4. Transnational – Transregional – Translocal: Transcultural

Dirk Hoerder


5. Contemporary Migration Seen from the Perspective of Political Economy: Theoretical and Methodological Elements

Raúl Delgado Wise and Humberto Márquez Covarrubias


PART II: INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES AND APPROACHES

6. Interviewing Techniques for Migrant Minority Groups

Luis Sánchez-Ayala


7. Collecting, Analysing and Presenting Migration Histories

Jørgen Carling


8. Empirical Methods in the Economics of International Immigration

Fernando A. Lozano and Michael D. Steinberger


9. Using Longitudinal Data to Study Migration and Remittances

Edward Funkhouser


10. Measuring Migration in Multi-topic Household Surveys

Calogero Carletto, Alan de Brauw and Raka Banerjee


11. Migration and its Measurement: Towards a More Robust Map of Bilateral Flows

Ronald Skeldon


12. Experimental Approaches in Migration Studies

David McKenzie and Dean Yang


PART III: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES AND MIXED METHODS

13. Mapping Movements: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Migration Research

Pablo S. Bose


14. Even a Transnational Social Field Must Have its Boundaries: Methodological Options, Potentials and Dilemmas for Researching Transnationalism

Paolo Boccagni


15. Mixing Methods in Research on Diaspora Policies

Alan Gamlen


PART IV: EXPLORING SPECIFIC MIGRATION TOPICS

16. Diasporas on the Web: New Networks, New Methodologies

Jonathan Crush, Cassandra Eberhardt, Mary Caesar, Abel Chikanda, Wade Pendleton and Ashley Hill


17. Approaches to Researching Environmental Change and Migration: Methodological Considerations and Field Experiences from a Global Comparative Survey Project

Koko Warner


18. Chasing Ghosts: Researching Illegality in Migrant Labour Markets

Bridget Anderson, Ben Rogaly and Martin Ruhs


19. Using Qualitative Research Methods in Migration Studies: A Case Study of Asylum Seekers Fleeing Gender-based Persecution

Connie Oxford


20. The Importance of Accounting for Variability in Remittance Income

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Susan Pozo


PART V: PRACTICAL ISSUES IN MIGRATION RESEARCH

21. Ethical Challenges in Research with Vulnerable Migrants

Ilse van Liempt and Veronika Bilger


22. A Guide to Managing Large-scale Migration Research Projects

Melissa Siegel


PART VI: MOVING FROM RESEARCH TO PUBLISHED WORK

23. From Dissertation to Published Research: So Close, Yet So Far

Anna O. Law


24. What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You: Moving from a Research Puzzle to Publishing Findings

Irene Bloemraad


PART VII: EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIELD

25. Immigrants and ‘American’ Franchises: Experiences from the Field

Jennifer Parker Talwar


26. In the Factories and on the Streets: Studying Asian and Latino Garment Workers in New York City

Margaret M. Chin


27. Three Mistakes and Corrections: On Reflective Adaptation in Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis

Johanna Shih


Index

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