Books & Chapters

This is a selection of recently published books and book chapters.
For more detailed lists, visit our staff pages, where you will find the earlier works of SPRC team members under each researcher’s name.


McKie, L. and Ryan, L. (eds) (2016) An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research, Routledge

Research data are everywhere. In our everyday interactions, through social media, credit cards and even public transport, we generate and use data. The challenge for sociologists is how to collect, analyse and make best use of these vast arrays of information.
The chapters in this book address these challenges using varied perspectives and approaches
including big data, researching social media, innovations in qualitative research, developing mixed method approaches and social network analysis, feminist quantitative methodology and the challenges of teaching quantitative methods
The book provides up to date and accessible material of interest to diverse audiences, including students and teachers of research design and methods, as well as policy analysis and social media.

Ryan, L., Erel, U. and D’Angelo, A. (eds) (2015) Migrant Capital  Networks, Identities and Strategies, Palgrave Macmillan UK

Migrant Capital presents state-of-the-art empirical, theoretical and methodological perspectives on migration, networks, social and cultural capital, exploring the ways in which these bodies of literature can inform and strengthen each other. In so doing, it brings the theoretical and methodological dimensions into dialogue with each other. The migrants discussed in the book are ethnically and socio-economically diverse and have a range of migratory trajectories and experiences. Various types of networks are looked at and compared: intra-ethnic and inter-ethnic; locally-based, national and transnational; informal and formal, including migrant community organisations. Migrant Capital is international in focus drawing on research from Australia, North America, the Caribbean and across Europe. Migration research often focuses on individual cases, thereby running the risk of over-emphasising the peculiarities of particular migrant groups and locations, leading to criticisms of empirical nationalism. The range of case studies in this collection can open up a comparative perspective in order to contribute to a broader theoretical framework rooted in empirical research.

Christou, A. and King, R. “Counter-diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns ‘Home’”, appearing in the series Cultural Politics, Socioaesthetics, Beginnings, distributed by Harvard University Press.

This book focuses on the return of the diasporic Greek second generation to Greece, primarily in the first decade of the twenty-first century, and their evolving, often ambivalent, senses of belonging and conceptualizations of “home.” Drawing from a large-scale research project employing a multi-sited and multi-method comparative approach, Counter-Diaspora is a narrative ethnographic account of the lives and identities of second-generation Greek-Americans and Greek-Germans. Through an interdisciplinary gender and generational lens, the study examines lived migration experiences at three diasporic moments: growing up within the Greek diasporic setting in the United States and Germany; motivations for the counter-diasporic return; and experiences in the “homeland” of Greece. Research documents and analyzes a range of feelings and experiences associated with this “counter-diasporic” return to the ancestral homeland.

Images and imaginations of the “homeland” are discussed and deconstructed, along with notions of “Greekness” mediated through diasporic encounters. Using extensive extracts from interviews, the authors explore the roles of, among other things, family solidarity, kinship, food, language, and religion, as well as the impact of “home-coming” visits on the decision to return to the ancestral “homeland.” The book also contributes to a reconceptualization of diaspora and a problematization of the notion of “second generation.”                                                                                                            

Christou, A. and Mavroudi, E. (eds) (2015) Dismantling diasporas: rethinking the geographies of diasporic identity, connection and development, Ashgate

Re-energising debates on the conceptualisation of diasporas in migration scholarship and in geography, this work stresses the important role that geographers can play in interrupting assumptions about the spaces and processes of diaspora. The intricate, material and complex ways in which those in diaspora contest, construct and perform identity, politics, development and place is explored throughout this book. The authors ‘dismantle’ diasporas in order to re-theorise the concept through empirically grounded, cutting-edge global research.

This innovative volume will appeal to an international and interdisciplinary audience in ethnic, migration and diaspora studies as it tackles comparative, multi-sited and multi-method research through compelling case studies in a variety of contexts spanning the Global North and South. The research in this book is guided by four interconnected themes: the ways in which diasporas are constructed and performed through identity, the body, everyday practice and place; how those in diaspora become politicised and how this leads to unities and disunities in relation to ‘here’ and ‘there’; the ways in which diasporas seek to connect and re-connect with their ‘homelands’ and the consequences of this in terms of identity formation, employment and theorising who ‘counts’ as a diaspora; and how those in diaspora engage with homeland development and the challenges this creates

Fischer-Nebmaier, W., Berg, M.P. and Christou, A.  (eds) (2015) Narrating the City: History, Space and the Everyday, Berghahn Publishers

In recent decades, the insight that narration shapes our perception of reality has inspired and influenced the most innovative historical accounts. Focusing on new research, this volume explores the history of non-elite populations in cities from Caracas to Vienna, and Paris to Belgrade. Narration is central to the theme of each contribution, whether as a means of description, a methodological approach, or basic story telling. This book brings together research that both asks classical socio-historical questions and takes narration seriously, engaging with novels, films, local history accounts, petitions to municipal authorities, and interviews with alternative cinema activists.

Blitz, B. K. (2014) Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion, Edward Elgar Press.

Migration and Freedom is a thorough and revealing exploration of the complex relationship between mobility and citizenship in Europe. Brad Blitz draws upon European and international law, political theory, economics, history and contemporary studies of migration to provide an original account of the opportunities and challenges associated with the right to free movement in Europe and beyond. Integrating over 160 interviews with individuals in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, the UK and Russia, this book provides a unique focus on both internal and inter-state mobility and a reevaluation of the concept of freedom of movement. The author documents successful and unsuccessful settlement and establishment cases and records how both official and informal restrictions on individuals’ mobility have effectively created new categories of citizenship and exclusion within Europe. This book is an original study aimed at academics, students and government officials interested in migration, international studies, public and social policy and politics.

Pasura, D. (2014) African Transnational Diasporas: Fractured Communities and Plural Identities of Zimbabweans in Britain, Palgrave Macmillan UK

This book examines the relationships, connections, identities and linkages between diasporas and their original or symbolic homelands. To highlight the transnationality of diasporas, the book proposes a framework for understanding African diasporas as core, epistemic, dormant and silent diasporas. As the book argues, transnational diasporas, just as other social formations, are multifaceted fluid entities which continually mutate over time and space. By way of empirical illustration, the book investigates the formation of the Zimbabwean diaspora by examining how the diaspora was dispersed, how it is constituted in Britain and how it maintains connections with the homeland. Using evidence from multi-sited ethnographic data, the book examines the articulation of plural diasporic identities by migrants in different social, cultural, religious and political settings. Whereas the concept of diaspora typically emphasizes group cohesion and solidarity, the book argues that the Zimbabwean diaspora has to be understood as fractured and fragmented.

Kraler, A. Kofman, E. Kohli, M. and Schmoll, C. (eds) (2012) Gender, Generations and the Family in International Migration, University of Amsterdam Press

Family-related migration is moving to the center of political debates on migration, integration, and multiculturalism in Europe. Still, strands of academic research on family migrations and migrant families remain separate from—and sometimes ignorant of—each other. This volume seeks to bridge the disciplinary divide. Collectively, the authors address the need to better understand the diversity of family-related migration and its resulting family forms and practices, to question simplistic assumptions about migrant families in public discourse, to study family migration from a mix of disciplinary perspectives, and to acknowledge the state’s role in shaping family-related migration, practices, and lives.

Chapters in Books

D’Angelo, A. (2012) Immigrazione e presenza straniera nell’UE: tra crisi e prospettive, in ‘Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2012’, IDOS (Italy)

D’Angelo, A. (2011), Immigrazione e presenza straniera nell’Unione Europea: tra emergenza e integrazione, in Caritas/Migrantes, Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2011, IDOS, Roma

Howard, E. (2014). ‘”Islamic Veil Bans: The Gender Equality Justification and Empirical Evidence” In: E. Brems (ed.), The Experiences of Face Veil Wearers in Europe and the Law. Cambridge University Press.

Kofman, E. (2011) ‘Gendered migrations and care: diversifying its sites and circuits’. In T. Caponio, F. Giordano and L. Ricaldone (Eds.), WorldWide Women. Globalizzazione, generi, linguaggio, Vol. 3. Turin, Cirsde and University of Turin, pp. 15-28.

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2010) ‘The implications of migration for gender and care regimes in the South’, in K. Hugo and N. Piper (eds) South-South migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development, Palgrave, pp. 46-83

Kofman, E. (2010) ‘Gendered migrations and the globalisation of social reproduction and care: new dialogues and directions’ in E. Schrouver and E. Yeo (eds) Gender and Migration in global, historical and theoretical perspective, ch. 3, Routledge.

Ryan, L. (2014). “Exploring Religion as a Bright and Blurry Boundary: Irish Migrants Negotiating Religious Identity in Britain” In: MacPherson & Hickman (eds.) Women and Irish Diaspora Identities. Manchester University Press

Ryan, L. (2012) ‘Young Muslims in London: gendered negotiation of local, national and transnational places’ in W. I. U. Ahmad and Z. Sardar (eds) Muslims in Britain. Making social and political space, Routledge, pp. 101-119

Sales, R. (2012) ‘Britain and Britishness: place, belonging and exclusion’ in W. I. U. Ahmad and Z. Sardar (eds) Muslims in Britain. Making social and political space, Routledge, pp. 33-52