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Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies

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    Chapter 1 Introduction: Preparing the Way for Qualitative Research in Migration Studies
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    Chapter 2 Mapping the Qualitative Migration Research in Europe: An Exploratory Analysis
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    Chapter 3 Context-Based Qualitative Research and Multi-sited Migration Studies in Europe
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    Chapter 4 Moving Out of the Comfort Zone: Promises and Pitfalls of Interdisciplinary Migration Research in Europe
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    Chapter 5 Applied Political Theory and Qualitative Research in Migration Studies
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    Chapter 6 Epistemological Issues in Qualitative Migration Research: Self-Reflexivity, Objectivity and Subjectivity
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    Chapter 7 Qualitative Migration Research: Viable Goals, Open-Ended Questions, and Multidimensional Answers
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    Chapter 8 Categorising What We Study and What We Analyse, and the Exercise of Interpretation
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    Chapter 9 Where, What and Whom to Study? Principles, Guidelines and Empirical Examples of Case Selection and Sampling in Migration Research
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    Chapter 10 The Interview in Migration Studies: A Step towards a Dialogue and Knowledge Co-production?
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    Chapter 11 Focus Groups in Migration Research: A Forum for “Public Thinking”?
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    Chapter 12 Participant Observation in Migration Studies: An Overview and Some Emerging Issues
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    Chapter 13 Discourse and Migration
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    Chapter 14 Doing Digital Migration Studies: Methodological Considerations for an Emerging Research Focus
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    Chapter 15 Methodological and Ethical Dilemmas in Research Among Smuggled Migrants
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    Chapter 16 Research-Policy Relations and Migration Studies
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Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies
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Springer International Publishing, July 2018
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-76861-8
978-3-31-976861-8, 978-3-31-976860-1

Zapata-Barrero , Ricard, Yalaz, Evren


Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Evren Yalaz


This open access book covers the main issues, challenges and techniques concerning the application of qualitative methodologies to the study of migration. It discusses theoretical, epistemological and empirical questions that must be considered before, during, and after undertaking qualitative research in migration studies. It also covers recent innovative developments and addresses the key issues and major challenges that qualitative migration research may face at different stages i.e. crafting the research questions, defining approaches, developing concepts and theoretical frameworks, mapping categories, selecting cases, dealing with concerns of self-reflection, collecting and processing empirical evidence through various techniques, including visual data, dealing with ethical issues, and developing policy-research dialogues. Each chapter discusses relative strengths and limitations of qualitative research. The chapters also identify the main drivers for qualitative research development in migration studies. It is a unique volume as it brings together a multidisciplinary perspective as well as illustrations of different issues derived from the research experience of the recognized authors. One additional value of this book is its geographic focus on Europe. It seeks to explore theoretical and methodological issues that are raised by distinctive features of the European context. This volume will be a useful reference source for scholars and professionals in migration studies and in social sciences as well. The publication is also addressed to graduate and post-graduate students and, more generally, to those who embark on the task of doing qualitative research for the first time in the field of migration.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 27%
Student > Master 23 16%
Researcher 18 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 16 11%
Student > Bachelor 8 5%
Other 21 14%
Unknown 22 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 83 56%
Arts and Humanities 10 7%
Psychology 8 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 3%
Design 4 3%
Other 16 11%
Unknown 23 16%