“Artfully integrates scholarship on both past and present migration. With its thematic focus on disruption, this volume develops unprecedented nuance in the treatment of migration.”—Graciela S. Cabana, coeditor of Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration
“A significant contribution to the social sciences. Migration and Disruptions demonstrates the importance of collaboration and constructive dialogues between the traditional subfields composing the umbrella title of anthropology.”—Stephen A. Brighton, author of Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach
Migration has always been a fundamental human activity, yet little collaboration exists between scientists and social scientists examining how it has shaped past and contemporary societies. Migration and Disruptions: Toward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations brings together sociocultural anthropologists, archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, and others to develop a unifying theory of migration.
The book’s contributors relate past movements, including the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain and the Islamic conquest of Andalucía, to present-day events, such as those in northern Ethiopia or at the U.S.-Mexico border. The observed cycles of social disruption, resettlement, and its consequences offer a new perspective on how human migration has shaped the social, economic, political, and environmental landscapes of societies from prehistory to today.
Brenda J. Baker is associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and coeditor of Bioarchaeology of Native American Adaptation in the Spanish Borderlands. Takeyuki Tsuda is professor of anthropology at Arizona State University.