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Migrants as Agents of Change

Social Remittances in an Enlarged European Union

  • Sheds new light on the role of social remittances in migration

  • Shares cutting-edge material from a major research project

  • Puts individual agency centre stage

Book

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 1-10
  3. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 11-34
  4. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 35-51
  5. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 53-110
  6. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 111-136
  7. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 137-167
  8. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 169-214
  9. Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich, Ewa Jaźwińska, Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    Pages 215-223
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 225-251

About this book

Introduction

‘An important contribution to debates about migration and social change.  Based on interdisciplinary, longitudinal research on migration between three Polish communities and the United Kingdom in post-accession Europe, Grabowska and her colleagues carefully unpack how social remittance transfers actually work. In a world in which sending governments look increasingly to emigrants’ economic and social contributions, this book is an invaluable guide to how and when innovation, or resistance to it, occur.’ – Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College and Harvard University, USA

This book offers a unique and innovative way of looking at the paradoxical consequences of human mobility. Based on a three-year transnational multi-sited longitudinal research project, it demonstrates that not all migrants acquire, transfer and implement social remittances in the same way. Whilst the circulation of ideas, norms and practices is an important aspect of modernity, acts of resistance, imitation and innovation mean that whilst some migrants become ordinary agents of social change in their local microcosms, others may contest that change. By putting this individual agency centre stage, the authors trace how social remittances are evolving, and the ambiguous impact that they have on society. This thought-provoking work will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, geography and anthropology.

Keywords

Multisited qualitative longitudinal research Transnational Poland United Kingdom Communities Acceptance Resistance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesPoland
  2. 2.Social SciencesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Centre of Migration ResearchUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Centre of Migration ResearchUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

About the authors

Izabela Grabowska is Professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland, and International Research Coordinator at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, Poland. 

Michal P. Garapich is Senior lecturer at University of Roehampton, UK.

Ewa Jazwinska is Methodological Coordinator at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, Poland.

Agnieszka Radziwinowicz is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Sociology and the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, Poland.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Migrants as Agents of Change
  • Book Subtitle Social Remittances in an Enlarged European Union
  • Authors Izabela Grabowska
    Michał P. Garapich
    Ewa Jaźwińska
    Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
  • Series Title Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
  • Series Abbreviated Title Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59066-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59065-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95497-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59066-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 249
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    European Union Politics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“Migrants As Agents of Change makes a significant contribution to the existing theoretical, methodological and empirical literature on social remittances. … this is a very imaginative and scholarly book, which makes a substantial theoretical and empirical contribution to existing migration scholarship, and deserves to be widely read.” (Anne White, Central and Eastern European Migration Review, Vol. 5 (2), 2016)