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.
Professor Stephen Castles
Professor Robin Cohen
Professor Josh DeWind
Professor Raul Delgado Wise
Edited by Carlos Vargas-Silva, Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, UK
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 Raul Delgado Wise and Humberto Marquez Covarrubias PART II: INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES AND APPROACHES 6. Interviewing Techniques for Migrant Minority Groups Luis Sanchez-Ayala 7. Collecting, Analysing and Presenting Migration Histories Jorgen 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