Migration and social change: Some conceptual reflections

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Examining the multiple ways in which migration relates to social change is a daunting task. It requires, first of all, defining what social change is and, secondarily, delimiting the scope of analysis to certain types of migration and not others. The greatest dangers that I envision in this enterprise are, first, getting lost in generalities of the 'social change is ubiquitous' kind and, second, attempting to cover so much terrain as to lose sight of analytic priorities and of major, as opposed to secondary, causal linkages. I seek to avoid these dangers by first discussing the concept of social change, second identifying the types of migration to be considered, and third examining the major factors that link one to another. I conclude the paper with four theoretical and methodological considerations that may guide future work in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1537-1563
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnic Enclaves
  • International Migration
  • Social Change
  • Telluric Movements
  • Youth Gangs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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