Doris Bachmann-Medick and Jens Kugele

Introduction

Migration – Frames, Regimes, Concepts

How do people think about migration? What patterns of perception – collective memories, images, and historical experiences – does such thinking activate? And how might scholars in the study of culture analyze the shifting social and political aspects of migration that are of such heightened concern today? Recent debates have demonstrated the deleterious effects of stereotypes on how migration is imagined, framed, and analyzed. Such preconceptions are often unconscious, unspoken, and unexplored, but they nonetheless exert a powerful effect in social life, in academic and political statements, in policies and decisions, and in the lives of migrants themselves. ...

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