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Mainstreaming versus Alienation

A Complexity Approach to the Governance of Migration and Diversity


Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Peter Scholten
    Pages 1-25
  3. Peter Scholten
    Pages 69-100
  4. Peter Scholten
    Pages 101-122
  5. Peter Scholten
    Pages 123-146
  6. Peter Scholten
    Pages 147-167
  7. Peter Scholten
    Pages 189-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-223

About this book


This book explores the role of complexity in the governance of migration and diversity. Current policy processes often fail to adequately capture complexity, favouring ‘quick fix’ approaches to regulation and integration that result in various forms of alienation: problem alienation, institutional alienation, political alienation and social alienation. 

Scholten draws on literature from gender and environmental governance to develop ‘mainstreaming’, an approach that reframes migration as a contingent and emergent process made up of complex actor networks, rather than a one-size-fits-all policy model. By ensuring actors understand and respond to complexity, migration research can contribute to reflexivity in policy processes, help to promote mainstreaming, and prevent alienation. The result will be of interest to students and scholars of migration and governance studies, with a focus on policymaking and integration.


multiculturalism assimilation policy pathologies social alienation integration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

About the authors

Peter Scholten is Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Director of the IMISCOE Research Network on International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe, Editor-in-Chief of Comparative Migration Studies, and Director of the LDE Research Centre on the Governance of Migration and Diversity, The Netherlands.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mainstreaming versus Alienation
  • Book Subtitle A Complexity Approach to the Governance of Migration and Diversity
  • Authors Peter Scholten
  • Series Title Global Diversities
  • Series Abbreviated Title Global Diversities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42237-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42240-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42238-7
  • Series ISSN 2662-2580
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-2599
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 223
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Sciences, general
    Social Policy
    Public Policy
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