Ethnicity and Migration

Stokes Croft, Bristol

The Ethnicity and Migration research theme recognises the importance of ethnicity and migration to the study of contemporary societies and polities, and to prospects for social justice and social cohesion.

Based around the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) and PolicyBristol, the theme co-ordinates and promotes the study of ethnicity in two broad areas:

  • Ethnicity, migration and state structures and policies, the politics of multiculturalism and other forms of ‘difference’, including gendered ethnicity and ethno-religious identities, challenges to secularism, the nation-state and the emergence of new forms of political participation and governance.
  • Ethnicity and socio-economic structures, with a particular focus on racialised exclusion, inter-generational poverty, labour markets, education, ethnic stratification and social mobility, ethnic competition and ethnic and transnational networks as an economic and family resource.

With the growth of the Muslim populations in western Europe and concerns about integration, a special regional and comparative focus has emerged on Muslims and the place of religion in public affairs. Similarly, the contemporary significance of migration, especially into the UK, is central to the theme.

Theme members collaborate with partners in the UK, the rest of Europe and North America, and are involved in global networks. Activities are pursued through funded research, publications, conferences and seminars, with public engagement being a priority. The international journal, Ethnicities, published by Sage since 2001 is a flagship of the theme.