MINELRES: Fwd: CfP: Migration and Divided Societies (Special Issue of Ethnopolitics)

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Mon Jun 29 08:57:21 2009

Original sender: Stefan Wolff <stefan@stefanwolff.com>

Migration and divided societies 

Special Issue of Ethnopolitics

Guest editors:
Chris Gilligan, University of the West of Scotland; Susan
Ball-Petsimeris, Universite de Paris 8 

We would like to invite articles on the theme of ‘migration and divided
societies’ for publication in a forthcoming Special Issue of the journal
Ethnopolitics.  The Special Issue aims to critically examine the
relationship between migration and social divisions which are
conceptualised as ‘ethnic’ in popular discourse, academic writing or
government policy. 

Papers are welcome that raise questions related to concepts and
practices of migration and segregation along 'ethnic' lines. 

Submissions are welcome from researchers and practitioners at any stage
in their career (from postgraduates to emeritus professors). Our main
criteria for inclusion will be; relevance to the overall theme, quality
of scholarship and originality.

All articles should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length and should
use the Harvard style of referencing. All submitted articles will be
peer reviewed by at least two different peer reviewers. (For a more
detailed style guide to the journals 'house-style' see:
http://www.ethnopolitics.org/ethnopolitics/styleguide.html ). 

Articles should be submitted via email to Chris Gilligan (University of
the West of Scotland, UK) at: chris.gilligan@uws.ac.uk to arrive by Tues
27th October 2009. 

For a fuller outline of the rationale for the Special Issue and a guide
to the kinds of questions we would like to address and the kinds of
topics that we would consider for publication, see below.

Thanks in advance for your consideration,

Chris Gilligan, University of the West of Scotland, UK
Susan Ball-Petsimeris, Universite de Paris 8, France

Migration and divided societies 

The aim of the Special Issue is to examine the relationship between
migration and social divisions which are characterised as ‘ethnic’. 

It is now commonplace to hear that, largely due to migration, most
contemporary societies are characterised by ethnic diversity. In these
same societies, however, there are often significant levels of
segregation along ethnic lines. In political science the term ‘divided
society’ refers to nations or regions, (such as Northern Ireland, South
Africa, Bosnia-Herzegovina), which are characterised by deep social
cleavages based on ethnic difference. In this Special Issue, however, we
use the term ‘divided society’ in a looser sense – to refer to any
state, region or locality which is characterised by significant levels
of social divisions which are understood in ethnic terms. 

We are particularly interested in articles which examine one or more of
the following topics:

- conceptualising migration and ethnic division
- experiences of immigrants of ethnic division and attempts at
- responses of society (public, policy-makers, the mass media etc.. )
towards migrants and segregation/integration
- causes of ethnic division
- outward migration and segregation

We are also particularly interested in articles which have a comparative
dimension. These comparisons could be: across different migrant groups;
across different historical periods; between different countries, or;
between different regions or cities within one country.

We provide the following two themes by way of illustration, of the kinds
of topics and questions that might be asked about migration and social

There has been a lot of focus on immigration and segregation. But what
about emigration?  Does emigration create, or entrench, social divisions
in the country of emigration? There is some literature on this topic
which examines the case of forced migrations which are generated through
'ethnic' conflict. This topic could, however, be developed further. Can,
for example, segregation be reversed in post-conflict situations? What
works and what does not work in attempting to reverse segregation? Are
there other, less dramatic ways in which migration creates or entrenches
'ethnic' division? One area which has not been explored in any detail is
the movement of indigenous populations away (‘white flight’) from areas
where immigrants come to reside. What role, if any, do government
policies play in promoting 'white flight'? To what extent is 'white
flight' promoted by ethnic considerations (rather than, for example,
class and upward social mobility)?  

Immigrants to 'divided societies' find a society which is already
characterised by a deep social cleavage based on ethnic difference. What
does it mean to ‘integrate’ in a society which is not itself integrated?
How do immigrants ‘fit in’ to such a society? Do they ‘take sides’? If
so, what guides their choice? Do they attempt to create a 'third space'
outside of the existing social division? If so, what barriers and
opportunities do they encounter in doing so? These themes have been
explored most extensively in relation to Israel. To what extent is the
Israeli case unique?  

These themes are merely illustrative, they do not indicate that
preference will be given to articles which tackle either of these
themes. Our main criteria for inclusion will be; relevance to the
overall theme, quality of scholarship and originality.

If you know anyone who you think would be interested please pass this
message on to them.


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