Families on the Move: Migration, Immigration, Emigration, and Mobility

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Haworth Press, 1993 - Social Science - 416 pages
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Families on the Move addresses the questions of the role mobility continues to play in contemporary life. Although the American transition of belief in an open society and frontier is still full of vigor, concerns about the frequency, opportunity, and meaning of mobility to families have arisen. This book examines the current research on family mobility, migration, and immigration and proposes new directions for understanding the relationship between mobility and family life.

It is important that today's researchers, educators, and practitioners understand the nuances of a mobile society to develop programs and policies that ease such transitions. Topics covered in Families on the Move include national and international mobility that affects families during transitional stages of life. The contributors have provided diverse research and theory that emphasizes a variety of specific populations and policy analyses. In addition to specific subcultural and historic patterns, the book addresses the process at a familial micro level.

Individuals and families face increasing stress and opportunity when change arises. Relocation of one's residence my have different interpretations depending on the situation. A decision to relocate may be based on choice, or by employee transfer, crisis or a cultural phenomena. Considering how these changes affect the family and the new environment of relocation are central themes in the book. All professionals and researchers interested in family issues will want to read this book.

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Sussman is UNIDEL Professor of Human Behavior Emeritus at the College of Human Resources at the University of Delaware.

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