Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Anthropology of Migration

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION This study-unit gives an overview of some of the predominant features of the current migration movements worldwide from an anthropological perspective. Relevant approaches from the broader scope of the social sciences will also be included. By looking at a wide range of topics & (theoretical) approaches, we will see that migration is a complex social phenomenon. It is not only a social and political challenge for many societies, for both sending and receiving countries, but also a challenge for the migrating individual. The following questions will be of main interest: What are the general features of migration movements nowadays? How does anthropological research approach migration? How do the individuals perceive their own migration? What can be the contribution of anthropology in an interdisciplinary context of migration studies?


A course reader will be available, including among other readings
- C. Brettel, J. Hollifield (eds.) Migration Theory: Talking across Disciplines. (Routledge 2000);
- C. Hellermann, `Gendered Margins: Immigrant Women in Portugal`, in Ethnologia Europea 34/1 (2004);
- Anthropology and Migration: Essays in Transnationalism, Ethnicity; and Identity (Altamira 2003).


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Daniela DeBono

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