Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration
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Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration

Edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri

Border walls, shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, separated families at the border, island detention camps: migration is at the centre of contemporary political and academic debates. This ground-breaking Handbook offers an exciting and original analysis of critical research on themes such as these, drawing on cutting-edge theories from an interdisciplinary and international group of leading scholars. With a focus on spatial analysis and geographical context, this volume highlights a range of theoretical, methodological and regional approaches to migration research, while remaining attuned to the underlying politics that bring critical scholars together.
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Chapter 25: Geographies of the next generation: outcomes for the children of immigrants through a spatial lens

Philip Kelly and Cindy Maharaj


As the children of diverse flows of immigrants have come of age in countries such as the United States and Canada, questions are increasingly being asked about their socio-economic outcomes. Sociological approaches have dominated this discussion. Although many have integrated some implicitly geographical concepts, there is room for geographers to bring a more fulsome appreciation of spatiality to the discussion. This chapter proposes that three specific spatialities are essential in understanding next generation outcomes. The first is place – referring to the role of schools, neighborhoods and distinctive urban settings in shaping the opportunities available to youth in immigrant families. The second is territory – whereby border regimes define the legal right to residency, enforce family separation and determine the possibility of working in privileged segments of the labor market. The third spatiality is transnationalism, recognizing both the spatially unbounded lives that some migrants live and the historical and contemporary colonialisms that frame minority racialized identities in white-dominant societies.

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