Human Currents

Human Currents : Overlooked Aspects of Migration

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The book HUMAN CURRENTS combines multicultural and multi-perspectival approaches on the theme of migration. It invites the open-minded reader to participate in the conversations in a holistic spirit. The book's message is accentuated as one reflects it against the current debates and people's everyday experiences about various forms of migration.

Popular press tends to portray migration as the most prominent cause of a migraine. Why should it be unwelcome by so many? Why does it seem, so difficult to deal with it? The meaning of migration is quite natural, to begin with. According to a dictionary, it refers to the seasonal movement of animals from one region to another and movement of people from one area to another country to find work or better living conditions. In general, it is a movement from one part to another, like cell migration in plants or medicine. Why should we worry if bears migrate from Russian forests to Finnish forests or your Finnish offspring finds a loved one from Brazil and moves with him/her to where they find best living conditions and happiness? Should we worry those migrations in the same way we would worry about cancer cells migrating across our body parts?

All six perspectives offered in this book testify that migration ought not to be viewed as a cause of a headache. Powerful and disturbing images of migrating cancer cells should not be let to migrate to all conceptions of migration. The authors of this book encourage us to understand migration as a natural cure for us to flourish in the future.
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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 236g
  • English
  • 9492631008
  • 9789492631008

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Professor João César da Neves: Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon

We live a kind of hangover of globalization. In the first heroic decades, when Russia, China, India and other big regions opened to the world, the changes marveled everyone and all seemed possible. But then the financial crisis appeared and inequality rose in Western countries. This triggered a movement of general political disgruntlement and turmoil, motivating a rise in extremist ideological forces. One of the elements common to all these new radical movements is protectionism in general, and frequently xenophobia. The international movement of people, whatever its nature, is being contested almost everywhere. There is a cultural light here, even more than a political, economical or social war. This book intends to present, in a free and creative way, the good face of international contacts and migration.

The purpose is to convey a kind of xenophilia to contrast the rising xenophobia of the day. It is thus an important contribution for one of the most relevant dilemmas of the present era.

Dr Jack Jacoby Executive Chairman Jacoby Consulting Group, Adjunct Profession Australia

When you mention to someone the word 'migrate', they immediately interpret the word through their filter of subjectivity and context.
For some, the word means the flow of people from one place to another. For others, it means the evolution of a system or technology to a newer version of that system or technology. And for others, it means the inevitable evolution of our species.
There is no right or wrong interpretation as we each make sense of the concept by forcing meaning into it by selecting the interpretation that makes sense to us.
Yet, what most interpretations of the concept have in common, is the element of change. To migrate is to change an element of the migrator from the state before the migration into a different state after the migration.
This concept of change has a powerful influence over each of us and over our respective contexts. Furthermore, none of us undertake a single process of 'migration' in isolation, nor do any of us ever cease to enjoy (or suffer) the influence of 'migration'.
If we are sufficiently reflective, we will readily acknowledge the evolution or migration of ourselves into our greater context as we experience and age. Similarly, there is migration of our family as it changes or matures; of our various social affiliations; of our professional affiliations; of our industry; of our economy; of our society; of our nation; of our continent; of our planet; of our Solar System; of our galaxy; and ultimately of the Universe in which we have been captured.
All these migration 'domains' undertake change simultaneously and perpetually, each in their own rhythm - they never cease - except when we die, and that represents our personal final migrated destination - we are what we have become.
Within these perpetually migrating domains, we learn to adapt - sometimes with great success and sometimes with great difficulty. Some domains cause major disruption while others are invisible to us - yet they are still changing.
Some domains are beyond our individual control and influence. Others can be influenced when like-minded people work together to influence and create successful adaption strategies in response to the inevitable dynamics of the various migration domains.
This book provides a range of approaches and views
of the spectrum of migration domains. In it, lies greater understanding and a contribution to migration domain adaptation.
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