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Placing Movers: An Overview of the Asian-Pacific Migration System

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dc.contributor.author Goss, Jon
dc.contributor.author Lindquist, Bruce
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-26T00:44:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-26T00:44:41Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.citation Goss, J., and B. Lindquist. 2000. Placing Movers: An Overview of the Asian-Pacific Migration System. The Contemporary Pacific 12 (2): 385-414.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/13544
dc.description.abstract Conventional wisdom seems to have it that the world has entered a “new age of migration” in which the international movement of labor is qualitatively and quantitatively distinct from the past. The dominant paradigm links labor movement to economic development, particularly for Asian migration, explaining migration in terms of differentials in labor demand and wages, while Pacific scholars have generally resorted to the particularities of Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian cultures and island societies. This paper rejects these assumptions. We first describe the history of the Asia-Pacific migration system in three phases—the Age of Indenture, the Period of the Guest Worker, and the Era of Contract Labor Migration—establishing the scale and duration of flows and examining some of the mechanisms. We then review competing explanations of international migration, arguing that a key factor that economistic and essentialist explanations overlook is networks and institutions. We show how these are both reproduced and recreated in similar forms, and that transnational communities are almost inevitably the result.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject Asian migration
dc.subject indenture
dc.subject international labor migration
dc.subject migration networks
dc.subject migration systems
dc.subject overseas contract workers
dc.subject Pacific Islands
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals.
dc.title Placing Movers: An Overview of the Asian-Pacific Migration System
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2000 - Volume 12, Number 2


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