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This edited collection published in Migration Letters were selected to reflect on methodological challenges faced by researchers and students when conducting qualitative studies on migration. Beginning with papers focusing on broader discussions of methodological issues and some options available to researchers, the latter half of the book explores the narrative methodology in depth with references to several cases. The chapters included in this book was originally published in regular issues and two special issues of Migration Letters journal from 2009 onwards. We have regrouped and ordered these studies to enhance the flow and transition in the book. The first six chapters look into more general issues and debates in migration research methodologies, while chapters seven to ten offer cases studies on alternative qualitative methodologies and then the final six chapters focus on narratives and challenges of the narrative methodology applied in migration studies. Content On qualitative methodologies in migration research – Ibrahim Sirkeci, Theodoros Iosifides, Carla DeTona, Annalisa Frisina. Chapter 1 Research methods in ethnic and migration studies – Carla DeTona, Annalisa Frisina, Deianira Ganga. Chapter 2 Biographical methods in migration research – Theodoros Iosifides & Deborah Sporton. Chapter 3 Some reflections on out-sider and insider identities in ethnic and migrant qualitative research – Sharon Wray and Michelle Bartholomew. Chapter 4 Promoting multi-methods research: linking Anthropometric methods to migration studies – Lisa Cliggett & Deborah L. Crooks. Chapter 5 Visual methods in researching migrant children’s experiences of belonging – Marta Moskal Chapter 6 Gendered differences in emigration and mobility perspectives among European researchers working abroad – Elisabeth Scheibelhofer Chapter 7 A Participatory approach to research with migrant working adolescents – Rita Bertozzi Chapter 8 Potential of qualitative network analysis in migration studies – reflections based on an empirical analysis of young researchers’ mobility aspirations – Elisabeth Scheibelhofer Chapter 9 Overcoming challenges of international migration research: a case study approach in Southern Mexico – Julie Boyles. Chapter 10 Dealing with dilemmas of difference – ethical and psychological considerations of “Othering” and “Peer Dialogues” in the research encounter – Angela Kühner and Phil C. Langer Chapter 11 Forced migration and psychosocial health: meaning-making through autobiographical narratives in the UK – Maria Psoinos. Chapter 12 Migration, life narratives, memory and subjectivity: Reflections on an archival project on Irish migration – Breda Gray. Chapter 13 A mobile life story: tracing hopefulness in the life and dreams of a young Ivorian Migrant – Jesper Bjarnesen. Chapter 14 Power and politics in migration narrative methodology: research with young Congolese migrants in Uganda – Christina Clark-Kazak. Chapter 15 Telling diaspora stories: theoretical and methodological reflections on narratives of migrancy and belongingness in the second generation – Anastasia Christou. Chapter 16 National identity and otherness in Greek speakers’ talk about immigration: Methodological and transdisciplinary reflections – Maria Xenitidou
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This paper examines the reasons for the invisibility of skilled female migrants in studies of skilled migration in Europe. The choice of research agendas has played a major part in rendering women invisible. The emphasis has generally been on transnational corporations, which, especially in their higher ranks, remain resolutely male-dominated. The presence of migrants in welfare sectors (i.e. education, health and social services), which are strongly feminised, has been ignored. Feminist research has also tended to obscure the role of skilled migrants in its emphasis on the unskilled. Theoretical and methodological developments in studies of migration have also made few inroads into our understanding of skilled migration. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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