Policy Press

Social Networks and Migration

Relocations, Relationships and Resources

By Louise Ryan

Published

Jun 18, 2024

Page count

214 pages

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Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529213553

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 9, 2023

Page count

214 pages

Browse the series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529213546

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 9, 2023

Page count

214 pages

Browse the series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529213560

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 9, 2023

Page count

214 pages

Browse the series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529213560

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Social Networks and Migration

Leading migration researcher Louise Ryan’s topical and intersectional book provides rich insights into migrants’ social networks.

It draws on more than 200 interviews with migrants who followed various transnational routes in every decade since the 1940s, in order to build valuable longitudinal perspectives and comparisons. With a particular focus on London, it charts how social networks are formed and sustained, how trust is developed and how social support is accessed, and explores the key opportunities and obstacles that migrants encounter.

This is a seminal fusion of migration studies and social network analysis that casts new light on both subjects, essential for those interested in immigration, ethnicity, diversity and inequalities.

“Social Networks and Migration is an absolute must-read book for anyone interested in migration, social networks, social support and diversity.” Ethnic and Racial Studies

"The book is an important contribution to the study of migration and of social networks." FQS

“A stunning piece of scholarship that explores how migrants’ personal relationships are constantly changing by the new framework of telling network stories. Through an empirically rich and analytically innovative book, Ryan makes an indispensable contribution to qualitative network analysis in migration research.” Başak Bilecen, University of Groningen

“Based on extensive empirical research, this book by one of the most prolific scholars of migration offers deep insights into how migrants’ social networks function and evolve over time. Stunningly original and essential reading!” Russell King, University of Sussex

Louise Ryan is Senior Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre at London Metropolitan University.

1. Introduction: Embarking on a Book about Networks

2. Conceptualising Migrant Networks: Advancing the Field of Qualitative Social Network Analysis

3. Researching Migration and Networks: Empirical and Methodological Innovations

4. Social Networks and Stories of Arrival

5. Employment, Deskilling and Reskilling: Revisiting Strong and Weak Ties

6. Evolving Networks in Place over Time: A Life Course Lens

7. Transnational Ties: Narrating Relationality, Resources and Dynamics over Time

8. Conclusion: Thoughts and Future Directions