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PART I: Introduction: Concepts and Overview1. Demography, Migration, Conflict, and the State: The Contentious Politics of Connecting People to PlacesIsabelle Cote and Matthew I. Mitchell2. 'Sons of the Soil' Conflicts and Autochthony: Bridging the LiteraturesRagnhild NordasPART II: The State, Migration, and Violent Conflict3. This Land is Whose Land?: 'Sons of the Soil' Conflicts in DarfurJohan Brosche and Ralph Sundberg4. Ethnic Census-Taking, Instability, and Armed ConflictHavard Strand, Henrik Urdal, and Isabelle Cote 5. Internal Migration, Political Liberalization, and Violent Conflict in Authoritarian China Isabelle CotePART III: Identity, Territory, and the Politics of Belonging6. The Concept of 'Rootedness' in the Struggle for Political Power in the Former Soviet Union in the 1990sPal Kolsto7. How Homelands Change?: Lessons from the Experience of Two Israeli Nationalist MovementsNadav G. Shelef8. Sons of the Soviet Soil and the Collapse of the USSRMonica Duffy ToftPART IV: Migration and Conflict in the Global North?9. Migration and Conflict in OECD CountriesMichael S. Teitelbaum10. Ethnic Nationalism or Relaxed Assimilation?: The Response of Dominant Ethnic Groups to Immigration in the Anglo-Saxon WorldEric KaufmannPART V: Conclusion11. Concluding Remarks on the Politics of People Changing PlacesMonica Duffy Toft

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Isabelle Cote is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Matthew I. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Monica Duffy Toft is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Global Scholar with the Peace Research Institute, Oslo.


Praise for People Changing PlacesThis book is the first truly global analysis of how migration flows interact with culture, economics, and state authority to create conflict. Migration today is reshaping politics around the world; Cote, Mitchell, and Toft's volume cuts through the cliches and provides a nuanced understanding of how states can reduce or exacerbate the risks that arise from people on the move.Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason UniversityThis volume makes an important contribution to the literature on ethnic and civil wars. The authors challenge the current classification of domestic conflict by adopting a novel and underutilized theoretical framework that highlights the role of internal migration in triggering violence between the migrants and the "indigenous" inhabitants of a territory. . . . A must-read for anyone interested in both conflict and migration.Jeannette Money, University of California-DavisInternational agencies, governments, and NGOs too often miscalculate the long-term political implications of migration and resettlement - both for migrant and receiving communities. It is hardly their fault. Social scientists have yet to meld a body of theory that accounts for origins, identities, particular circumstances, and community relationships. People Changing Places takes up the task and makes important strides toward such a theory. Richard Cincotta, PoliticalDemography.org; Woodrow Wilson CenterPeople Changing Places is essential reading for all scholars interested in migration and political demography more broadly. By weaving together both qualitative and quantitative research, as well as numerous case studies from the developing and the developed world, the authors add significantly to our knowledge about the often complex relationship between internal and external migration, demographic change, and the outbreak of violent conflict.Elliott D. Green, London School of Economics

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