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Motivations, ubiquitous irrational and a community of migrant workers - from Turkey

Cam, Surhan 2011. Motivations, ubiquitous irrational and a community of migrant workers - from Turkey. [Working Paper]. School of Social Sciences Working Papers Series, vol. 143. Cardiff: Cardiff University. Available at:

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This study advances an ethnographic exploration into a community of migrant workers from Turkey. The paper revolves around a fairly straightforward question asking why these people migrate, but the answer turns out to be complicated: Research findings point to the importance of economic dynamics. However, it is not possible to neglect non-economic motivations either. In particular, social/cultural capital and identity formations require a greater recognition. A fuller understanding of migration also necessitates going beyond rationality: economic and non-economic motivations are ubiquitously interwoven with irrational interactions between individuals and structures in both coercive and preferential ways.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Cardiff University
ISBN: 9781908469021
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:59

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