The Socio-Natural Question : How Migration Reproduces Inequalities in an Age of Climate Change

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Title The Socio-Natural Question : How Migration Reproduces Inequalities in an Age of Climate Change
Author Faist, Thomas
Research Centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Editor Hellström, Anders
Date 2018
English abstract
Cross-border migration is one of several ways by which people have adapted to both the slow-onset and fast-onset environmental changes of the Anthropocene, the epoch in which human practices have resulted in significant global consequences for the world’s ecosystems. In order to trace inequalities and their politicization we need systematic studies of how migration emerges from complex interplays of social (political, economic, cultural) and environmental processes. So far, two generations of scholarship have characterized the climate change – migration debate. The first generation theorized migration as a mechanistic response to climate change. While the second generation conceptualized climate-related migration as adaptation in relationship and human security by placing agency at the core, the focus on the “resilient migrant” has occluded both the effects of climate change on different categories of people with respect to social inequalities and has not fully dealt with the analogy between the ‘exploitation of humans by humans’ and the ‘exploitation of nature by capitalism’. This analysis traces the evolution of concepts in the debates on climate-related migration and presents selected social mechanisms of (re)production of social inequalities in the climate change-migration nexus.
Publisher Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), Malmö University
Series/Issue MIM Working Papers Series;18:2
Willy Brandt Series of Working Papers
Language eng (iso)
Subject climate change
environmental destruction
social inequalities
migration
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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