A series of podcasts related to the MSc in Migration Studies. This interdisciplinary, 9-month Masters degree at Oxford University is jointly offered by the School of Anthropology and the Oxford Department of International Development. The course draws on the intellectual resources of its two parent departments and the three world-leading migration research centres at Oxford (COMPAS, IMI and RSC). The programme allows students to explore human mobility in a historical and global perspective, and to address the complex relations between global political economy, migratory experiences, and government and social responses.
Racialization and immigrant incorporation
Ali R Chaudhary gives a sociological overview of current research on assimilation, multiculturalism and other approaches used to understand dynamics of social organisation and inequality among immigrants and native-born groups in North America and Europe This lecture provides a sociological overview of the current theoretical and empirical research on assimilation, multiculturalism and other approaches used to understand dynamics of social organisation and inequality among immigrants and native-born groups in North America and Europe. The lecture begins with the emergence and development of the concept of 'assimilation' in the United States. This background is then used to introduce three alternative theoretical approaches that challenge the theory and empirical processes associated with assimilation: transnationalism, multiculturalism and racialization. The lecture then introduces the idea of global racialization in order to compare the empirical and theoretical literature on Muslim immigrant integration in North America and Europe. The key argument I make in this lecture is that immigrants as well as most ethno-religious minority groups are incorporated into new and/or pre-existing social hierarchies that reflect racialized hierarchies. That is, group ascriptions (i.e. phenotype, language, citizenship status, religion) operate as structural principles of social organisation that ultimately determine outcomes and processes associated with immigrant integration in traditional assimilationist receiving societies such as the U.S. as well as official multicultural societies (Canada) and postcolonial societies like France and the UK. The theoretical and conceptual components of the lecture are supported with several empirical studies from North America and Europe as well as my own scholarship on immigrant self-employment and migrant organizations.
The public policy of migration
In this Migration Studies lecture, Sarah Spencer (COMPAS, University of Oxford) examines the place of research in policy making by focusing on the role of social scientists and how they can stay in control of their research (6 December 2013)
The sociology of migration
In this lecture for the MSc in Migration Studies, Professor Michael Keith (Director of COMPAS, University of Oxford) discusses how ideas travel as well as people. The lecture was delivered 12 November 2013.
Diagnosing intolerance: knowledge practices in postsocialist Europe
Dace Dzenovska (COMPAS, University of Oxford) focuses on the political, economic and cultural community of Latvia to investigate the public recognition of intolerance in Europe. An Anthropology departmental seminar from 25 October 2013.
Migration at Oxford: Professor Bridget Anderson
Professor Bridget Anderson discusses her research interests and teaching migration at Oxford in this interview with doctoral student Carolin Fischer. In this podcast, Bridget describes how her interest in migration developed from being raised a second generation migrant, how her work has evolved, her current research interests and new book 'Us and Them'. Professor Anderson also discusses her teaching on the MSc in Migration Studies course and what students benefit by studying at Oxford.
Migration at Oxford: Professor Robin Cohen
In this podcast, Emeritus Professor Robin Cohen shares how he first became interested in migration through his own experiences as a migrant. As a leading scholar in the field of diaspora, Robin provides some insight into the field and expands on his current work in creolisation. In this interview with doctoral student Carolin Fischer, they also discuss the value of studying migration at the University of Oxford and Robin's teaching on the MSc in Migration Studies course.