Just published: Attila Melegh’s new book on migration
Attila Melegh: The Migration Turn and Eastern Europe. A Global Historical Sociological Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)
This book concentrates on a historical sociological analysis of the migration turn that has been occurring since the 1980s until the present day. In this global historical analysis, the ultimate focus will be on Eastern Europe, but in a global and historical context, in order to show what historical interactions have been evolving, and what historical role has been taken by various actors in the process we call the migration turn. In this book, the term ‘migration turn’ means, on the one hand, that globally, and in many places locally, the intensity of emigration and immigration has substantially increased as a result of globalization and, very importantly, it means the further marketization of societies. On the other hand, the migration turn means that migration as a discursive theme and category has been reconfigured and has gained new meanings, and previous population discourses have been recomposed in the period concerned. The population discourses have not only changed, but certain discursive blocs have been created and the debate on migration has become increasingly polarized. Thus, migration has become not only a key public and scientific issue but also an engine of political change, dividing elites and public opinion throughout the world. In this multilayered and complex migration turn, Eastern Europe has played an active role, which historical contribution deserves special attention. This book ventures to undertake this task via analyzing some key historical, socio-material and discursive processes.