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Abstract

The academic activities in the fields of migration and ethnicity cover topics that have become central fields of research and public debate during the last two decades. Before the 1980s, these areas were a sort of proving grounds in which various social scientists probed their worldviews, methods and theories. These fields were not necessarily reviewed because of their political or scientific importance, but rather because of the relative simplicity behind implying differences in these fields in comparison to other social topics. This has changed subsequently, but there is still a wide confusion about which concepts are necessary to effectively study these important social phenomena.
For the purposes of this study, we subsume under the term migration all transstate mobility of social groups, including labour migrants, refugees, displaced persons and others. The term ethnicity is understood as politically instrumentalised culture. The term culture refers to the symbolic world of our social orientations and the work on these symbols or symbolic formations.

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Authors: BLASCHKE J, Berliner Institute for Comparative Social Research (BIVS), Berlin (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21700 EN (2006), 122 pp. free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-21700-EN-C The paper version can be ordered onlineand the PDF version downloaded at: http://bookshop.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9833-1
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