The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

Online ISBN: 9781444351071

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071


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This effort to assemble the most up-to-date and advanced examination of the foremost literature on global human migration was only possible with the active and continuous participation of numerous scholars and specialists in the field and the guidance of devoted editors dedicating years to this ambitious project. This collective enterprise has culminated in the five-volume Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, which the editors carefully constructed over four years. The editing process was guided by the editorial team’s determination to commission the most significant contributions, to make certain the encyclopedia is definitive and comprises a representation of migration across academic disciplines, geographies, and historical epochs in humanity, from prehistory to the present. A crucial concern was our resolve to cover the most topical and current issues and debates in human migration. The associate editors and contributors participated in the formation of the initial list of entries and modifications to that list, and then continuously recommended innovative contributions that can only be found in this collection.

The project was envisioned by a team of editors and a scholarly publisher, all of whom believed in the importance of this work. The editorial board was critical to the process of recommending both contributions and respected academics to edit and write them. The associate editors must all be thanked for their exemplary work: Saër Maty Bâ, Michael Borgolte, Donna Gabaccia, Alex Julca, Cecilia Menjívar, Marlou Schrover, and Gregory Woolf. Special thanks go to Stephen Castles, who gave so much time in providing crucial insight and recommendations for the organization, participants, and approach of this work, and to Patrick Manning, for his insightful suggestions at the outset of this project.

At Wiley-Blackwell, we would like to thank Peter Coveney, who recognized the magnitude of the work and the challenges in completing the multiple tasks that go into a five-volume project. Peter shepherded this project from our initial conversations in January 2009 to the end of the process. Peter provided valuable assistance on specific tasks that were instrumental to the project: from working with us to formulate a plan to skillfully engaging with or implementing all phases of this publication that were required: finance, contracts, production, and securing the crucial maps and graphs that are in this work. He was consistently available to provide advice and encourage us to forge ahead. We are all fortunate to have Peter’s input into this project. I would also like to thank Barbara Duke and Wiley-Blackwell’s production team, who were responsible for ensuring that all the elements of the project were accurate and on time.

From the beginning, we sought to ensure comprehensive coverage of the significant histories and themes of human migration. I am indebted to the board of general editors, comprised of numerous authorities with special expertise in the range of disciplines comprising this work. Special thanks and appreciation go to my personal staff, especially Sari Safitri, who was a most reliable, astute, and responsible outreach coordinator and whose work was essential throughout the project. Heidi Chua served ably in communicating with authors and identifying translators. I also thank Bailey Socha and Steven Manicastri for their assistance.

In the last year Eileen Chetti especially deserves thanks as the pre-production project manager. Her persistence was instrumental in guaranteeing that the project maintained an internal consistency. Eileen served as more than a project manager, as we benefited from her deft editorial skills, as she identified the inevitable errors and omissions. Eileen’s work was crucial in ensuring consistency across contributions, checking and confirming copyrights for maps and images, and consistently querying when any questions arose. As a consequence of her work and that of the copyediting and proofreading team, we are confident that this work is internally consistent and edited with rigor and accuracy. In addition, on the editorial side, Tim Heleniak, Alex Julca, and Cecilia Menjívar were instrumental in conceiving and developing maps. Haruna Fukui, Miyagawa Fukui, and Michelle Alexander provided vital assistance in helping to conceive maps and images. Alice Thiede at Carto-Graphics provided precise rendering of original maps appearing in this work that provide important geographic and temporal context. In addition, Sophie Oliver provided both initial and ongoing assistance liaising with editors and contributors, and Alison Medoff and Galen Young provided essential and reliable logistic assistance.

A number of knowledgeable copyeditors and proofreaders have contributed to the accuracy and authority of this of this work. First and foremost I thank freelance project manager Nik Prowse for overseeing the five copyeditors: Janey Fisher, Jane Hammett, Jacqueline Harvey, Helen Kemp, and Caroline Richards. I also thank Nik for his administration over the adept proofreaders: Alta Bridges, Alice Harrison, and Mervyn Thomas. Thanks also go to Janey Fisher for compiling the index for Volume I, and to the staff at Indexing Specialists (UK) Ltd for the index for Volumes II–V. In addition I thank Bob Ritchie for his careful checking of the corrected proofs. This work benefited greatly from the astute work of Katherine Ward and Leah Thompson for exceptional marketing support and a good deal of help throughout this process.

A number of entries have been translated, from at least eight languages. This extensive work has benefited greatly from skillful translators with knowledge of the material. I would like to especially thank Paul Cohen, Carlos Cegarra, Joseph Keady, among the many other translators of this work.

The academics and scholars who wrote entries have contributed collectively to the Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration out of a dedication to advancing scholarship and its great consequence in shaping the world. We all laboured collaboratively with the expectation that this work would serve both as a research tool for scholars and students and as a source of new research on migration. Inevitably, any major editorial work is the result of many different scholars with different perspectives and with differences of opinion as to the entries and the scope of the work. In this project, all the editors recognized the prescience of the essays and, while we could continue adding contributions, we feel confident that this work reflects the most essential and current processes, features, and histories of migration that are represented across academic fields and disciplines.