n African Review of Economics and Finance - Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping our World, Doug Saunders : book review

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2042-1478
  • E-ISSN: 2410-4906


One of the greatest anomalies in the social sciences is the ever increasing tendency to subdivide. Migration is one unfortunate victim. There is a field of research called 'migration studies', different and distinct from urban studies, and development studies. In a debate with the economist Gustav Ranis, the distinguished migration scholar, Stephen Castles argued for a holistic approach towards migration studies in his paper for the Social Science Research Council Conference, held from 28 February to 1 March, 2008 in New York. I too consider this fragmentation disturbing. Urban scholars have always been interested in migration and, while urbanism is not all about migration, migration constitutes an important part of the field. The subdivision and territorialisation lead to a loss in our understanding of the migration phenomenon.

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