Re-socializing migrant networks: moving beyond dominant migrant-network approaches: Moving beyond dominant migrant-network approaches

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Abstract

We reason that the dominant migrant-network approach enables us to understand the (differentiated) choices of migrants during their journeys while not denying their agency, but also faces several limitations in terms of the rigid understanding of localities, the narrow focus on linkages that matter and the neglect of reciprocal exchange and obligations. This comes at the expense of the explanatory power of this approach in contemporary society, where migration control is omnipresent and migrants’ journeys are much more fragmented in time and place. We suggest not to restrict this approach to the given points in our social networks (relatives, friends, co-nationals) that facilitate the migrants’ journeys but, instead, opt for a broad, holistic, and dynamic perspective on them, in which human and non-human actors, strong and weak ties, old and new linkages as well as the obligations that exist and are created within these interactions should be centre.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Irregular Migration
EditorsIlse van Liempt, Joris Schapendonk, Amalia Campos-Delgado
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter11
Pages140-151
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 80037 750 9
ISBN (Print)9781800377493
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023

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© Ilse van Liempt, Joris Schapendonk and Amalia Campos-Delgado 2023. All rights reserved.

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