Migration, urbanization and identity [IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology]
Sumita Chaudhuri (Calcutta University)
Relational movements: Migration, Refugees and Borders/Mouvements relationnels: Migration, régugiés et frontières
TBT 327
Start time:
3 May, 2017 at 14:00
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Short abstract:

Migration plays an important role in the context of urbanization. When people move towards the cities, they may carry with them their own cultural traditions or may adapt a new culture. This may be examined with cross-cultural data.

Long abstract:

In the process of urbanization, migration plays a very crucial role. It is expected that the migrants would bring with them their own socio-cultural tradition, world view and behaviour pattern. Naturally the socio-cultural implication of migration in the process of urbanization can be an interesting aspect of enquiry. Among the more important social phenomena that accompany the process of industrialization of a society is the one involving the movement of large number of rural people to urban centres. While some of those who move to urban centres may originate in other urban centres, the large bulk of flow is made up of people who move from the villages to towns or cities. This movement of the predominantly rural folk to urban, is an event of economic, socio-psychological and cultural significance. It is also likely that even though one stays in the urban areas physically, his/her world view may not change much. Thus they may still carry the traditional norms and customs, practices and behavioural pattern. This only adds to the socio-psychological complexity of the process of migration. In the context of movement of people towards the large cities, it can be examined (1) what happens to people when they migrate to a city, whether they still maintain their socio-cultural traditions or adapt new culture, and (2) how they adjust to the city culture. This may be examined in this panel with cases from across the world.