There could hardly be a more important topic in contemporary societies than migration. In today’s globalized world, there are more than 240 million international migrants and over 760 million internal migrants and these trends are only increasing. Migration is a hot-button issue in many countries, with politicians, the media and the public speaking out, especially concerning refugees and unauthorized migrants. Its causes and consequences represent and reflect some of the most important issues of the 21st century – not only the “migrant/refugee crisis,” but also migrant integration, “failed multiculturalism,” the future of the welfare state and the growth of a risk society, to name just a few. Despite the fact that culture is implicated in all these processes, migration studies rarely comes into conversation with cultural sociology. The Center is committed to promoting such dialogue by supporting theoretical innovation and empirical research that fosters a cultural sociology of migration. The goal is to encourage the use of the analytical tools of cultural sociological analysis, such as codes, discourses, boundaries, practices and repertoires, to name a few, which help lead to a more nuanced understanding of contemporary migration. Research areas range from the analysis of the causes of migration flows to the interrogation of concepts such as integration and assimilation, the examination of dimensions of belonging such as formal citizenship, incorporation into civil society and acculturation, and the assessment of how nation states create policies that let some people in and keep others out.
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