Migration and Disruptions:
Toward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations

Edited by Brenda J. Baker and Takeyuki Tsuda

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“A fine, diverse contribution for anthropologists as well as historians and political scientists, and very accessible for students. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice
 
"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 in general and a future staple for archaeologists and anthropologists. 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. This innovative volume brings together sociocultural anthropologists, archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, ethnographers, paleopathologists, and others to develop a unifying theory of migration. The 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. They examine the extent to which environmental and social disruptions have been a cause of migration over time and how these migratory flows have in turn led to disruptive consequences for the receiving societies.


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. She is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Bioarchaeology International. Takeyuki Tsuda is professor of anthropology at Arizona State University.
 
Contributors: Brenda J. Baker | Christopher S. Beekman | George L. Cowgill | Jason De Leon | James F. Eder | Anna Forringer-Beal | Cameron Gokee | Catherine Hills | Kelly J. Knudson | Patrick Manning | Jonathan Maupin | Lisa Meierotto | James Morrissey | Rachel E. Scott | Christina Torres-Rouff | Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda | Sonia Zakrzewski  
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A fine, diverse contribution for anthropologists as well as historians and political scientists, and very accessible for students. . . . Highly recommended.-- CHOICE

Given its broad perspective and its traversing of disciplines and eras, Migration and disruptions is a first step towards a unified theory of migrations and important reading for all who deal with migration. -- Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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