Life Strategies of Migrants from Crisis Regimes

Achiever or Survivor?

Authors: Oleinikova, Olga

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  • Draws together research on regime transition and crisis, migration, and life strategy in a new theoretical framework bolstered by empirical research
  • Focuses on life strategies of migrants in the time before departure, an under-theorized aspect of migration research and policy
  • Concentrates on current and future European migration into Australia in particularly examining growing unrest and protests in European democracies
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This book offers a profoundly new examination of life strategies of migrants from regimes in crisis. By focusing on the unique paired comparison of two opposing life strategies—the dynamic, risk-taking and future-oriented ‘achievement life strategy’ and the conservative, risk-minimizing and survival-oriented ‘survival life strategy’—this volume takes migration from post-independence Ukraine to Australia as a central case study to show how people shape their lives in response to regime transitions and crises; what life strategies individuals pursue to cope with social change; and why these individuals chose migration to Australia. Ultimately, the book compels us to reassess what we mean by migration and regime crisis in order to adequately respond to the global challenges confronting numerous democracies today. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and politics with interests in migration, political theory and democracy.

About the authors

Olga Oleinikova is Lecturer and Director of the Ukraine Democracy Initiative in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. 

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‘This innovative study explores the lives of migrants leaving a crisis-torn homeland and re-establishing themselves in a new country. Using an original framework that brings together ideas of agency, personal life strategies, institutional frameworks and the impact of state policies, Dr. Oleinikova has produced a study that provides new ways of understanding what migration means and how it is experienced. In a world where migration and mobility are associated with crisis but involve individualised decision-making, this book provides a fresh methodological approach that can be applied in a range of studies and which illuminates the complexity of 21st-century migration.’  

—Catriona Elder, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia

‘This book makes an important contribution to the field of migration by centring the concept of life strategies. Drawing on rich material and original insights, it especially highlights the roles of agency and adaptability in the context of rapid social change, and critical structural conditions. It has a clear authorial voice and confidently combines both quantitative and qualitative approaches in its coherent analysis.’ 

—Karen O'Reilly, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Loughborough University, UK

‘The author of the book contributes significantly to the theory of life strategy as well as to the methodology of its investigation. Prior to this book, the conceptualization of individual life trajectory and strategy, the interplaying of the rational and emotional components as well as structural conditions and personal features was underdeveloped. The main novelty is the model outlining the dialectic vision of individual life strategies (achievement vs. survival) and its dependences on the changing micro and macro life conditions (in the sending and receiving societies), that allows the author to explain the personal transformations and adaptation at individual and social levels before, during and after migration.’

—Olga Kutsenko, Professor of Social Inequalities and Collective Behavior, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Life Strategies of Migrants from Crisis Regimes
Book Subtitle
Achiever or Survivor?
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39839-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39839-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39838-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 257
Number of Illustrations
7 illustrations in colour
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