© 2010

The Psychology of Global Mobility

  • Stuart C. Carr

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  3. Context

  4. Motives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Irene Hanson Frieze, Man Yu Li
      Pages 87-103
    3. Phyllis Tharenou
      Pages 105-123
    4. Wendy Ager, Alastair Ager
      Pages 151-170
  5. Adjustment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. John W. Berry
      Pages 193-210
    3. Douglas C. Maynard, Bernardo M. Ferdman, Tabitha R. Holmes
      Pages 211-233
    4. Sonia Hernández-Plaza, Manuel García-Ramírez, Carlos Camacho, Virginia Paloma
      Pages 235-256
  6. Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Kerr Inkson, Kaye Thorn
      Pages 259-278
    3. Astrid Podsiadlowski, Colleen Ward
      Pages 279-300

About this book


The history of human beings is the history of global mobility, as evinced by the long journeys taken by our prehistoric ancestors. And more people are currently on the move than ever before: over 200 million worldwide, a larger population than most of the world’s countries. The Psychology of Global Mobility explores the human dimensions behind the statistics—not only the stories of new immigrants and war refugees, but also business travelers, tourists, and students—for a distinctive guide to this ongoing evolution. This groundbreaking volume marks the coalescence of a newly-integrated field. It covers historical context (particularly the drastic changes of the past century); motives and behaviors associated with mobility; acculturation and other forms of adjustment; and social, political, and career capital gained by new settlers. A global long-view connects mobility to concepts of international health and human development, recognizing that both local and global knowledge are necessary for relevant, culturally-attuned practice and policy, the book: • Explains benefits as well as disadvantages of mobility. • Discusses the concept of the “mobile personality” and its real-world implications. • Describes multiple levels of methodological and ethical issues in research and practice. • Analyzes the effects of global mobility on local economies, including controversial “brain drain”/“brain gain” phenomena. • Considers the impact of information technology on physical mobility. • Provides a systems perspective on inclusion and well-being. • Offers detailed examples of interdisciplinary practice and service. The Psychology of Global Mobility is an essential text for cross-cultural psychologists, sociologists, policymakers, practitioners and researchers studying mobility, migration, and human development.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stuart C. Carr
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Science, School of PsychologyMassey UniversityAucklandNew Zealand

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“The Psychology of Global Mobility, was to assemble an international, multidisciplinary group of experts who could begin to quantify the psychological burden involved in human mobility, examine its benefits and disadvantages from the perspective of the person and the country, and provide an understanding of the drive for and result of global mobility. … Appropriate for both an academic and a practitioner audience … I would recommend as a text for a comprehensive discussion of geographic and virtual mobility for psychologists sociologists … .” (Judy E. Hall, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 55 (32), December, 2010)