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Migration and Disruptions

Toward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations

Migration and Disruptions by Brenda J. Baker
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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 AndalucĂ­a, 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.

University Press of Florida; August 2015
363 pages; ISBN 9780813055404
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Title: Migration and Disruptions
Author: Brenda J. Baker; Takeyuki Tsuda