2017, 19(3) • A. Camenisch, S. Müller: From (E)Migration to Mobile Lifestyles: Ethnographic and Conceptual Reflections about Mobilities and Migration

From (E)Migration to Mobile Lifestyles: Ethnographic and Conceptual Reflections about Mobilities and Migration

by Aldina Camenisch and Seraina Müller (University of Basel)

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Departing from on-going fieldwork in China and Northern Europe among Swiss nationals, the aim of this article is to contribute towards clarification of the often somewhat unreflected use of concepts within the ‘migration-mobility continuum.’ We sketch a mobilities-informed and data-grounded ethnographic research approach and investigate the various forms, meanings and outcomes of mobility and migration throughout three life stories. In conclusion, we argue for an empirically grounded, sophisticated usage of theoretical frameworks and concepts, and we discuss how this can contribute to a more critical, differentiated research about mobility and migration.

This article is based on research funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Keywords: skilled migration, mobilities, migration trajectories, theoretical frameworks,
migration terminology, ethnography, life stories, regimes of mobility, China,
Northern Europe

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:
Camenisch, A., & Müller, S. (2017). From (E)Migration to Mobile Lifestyles: Ethnographic and Conceptual Reflections about Mobilities and Migration. New Diversities, 19(3), 43-57. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from http://newdiversities.mmg.mpg.de/?page_id=3312

New Diversities • Volume 19, No. 3, 2017
Mobilities – Migratory Experiences Ethnographically Connected
Guest Editors: Tilmann Heil (University of Leuven), Andrea Priori (University Roma Tre),
Bruno Riccio (University of Bologna) and Inga Schwarz (Freiburg University)
ISSN-Print 2199-8108
ISSN-Internet 2199-8116