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Single-authored or (in one case) joint-authored books

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Migration and its enemies(Ashgate 2006)

A book of revised and new essays showing how the preferences, interests and actions of the three major social actors in international migration policy - global capital, migrant labour and national politicians - intersect and often contradict each other. In pre-press publicity, Donna R. Gabaccia (University of Minnesota) writes ‘Migration and its Enemies delivers all we have come to expect over the years from Robin Cohen. It is hard to imagine the potential
reader who could finish this book without having at least one cherished assumption fundamentally challenged.’

Get it here:

https://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754646587 

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Global sociology (with Paul Kennedy) Basingstoke: Macmillan and New York: New York University Press 2000, pp. 408. Reprinted 2001. Japanese translation 2002. Chinese translation 2005.

A new, much expanded and revised edition (608 pp.) was published in January 2007 in the UK. The New York University Press edition was released in August 2007

An innovative undergraduate textbook, which has been widely adopted.

A companion site to the book can be found at http://www.palgrave.com/sociology/cohen/index.html 

 

Global diasporas: an introduction London: UCL Press and Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997 pp. 228. Reprinted 1999, 2000. Reprinted 2001, 2004, 2005 by Routledge. Japanese translation (Toyko: Akahi Shoten, 2001) by Komai Hiroshi. Greek Translation with new preface Athens: 2003 pp 374.

Though called ‘an introduction’ this book is quite advanced and provides a comparative, historical and typological account which has been widely cited in the literature.

The revised edition was published by Routledge in March 2008.

  Frontiers of identity: the British and the others London: Longman, and New York: Addison Wesley, 1994 pp. 248.The title is perhaps a little misleading. It is really an account of immigration history and practice in the UK and how this influences the construction of a national identity. One chapter is useful theoretically. Out of print, but second-hand copies available.
 

Contested domains: debates in international labour studies London: Zed Press, 1991 pp. 188. Covers USA, UK, Hong Kong, African examples and discussion of the limits and possibilities of international labour organization.
Online publication details: http://zedbooks.co.uk/ (then enter ‘contested domains’ on the title search)

 
 

The new helots: migrants in the international division of labour Aldershot: Avebury/Gower Publishing Group, 1987 pp. 290; paperback edition Gower, 1988; Japanese translation, 1989; reprinted 1993, 1999.

Though critical of Marx, this covers migrants and migration in the political economy tradition. A widely cited account, now available only in hardback.

Online publication details: https://www.ashgate.com/

 
 

Endgame in South Africa; the changing ideology and social structure of South Africa Paris: UNESCO Press and London: James Currey 1986 pp. 108; German ed. under the title Endspiel Sudafrika: Eine Anatomie der Apartheid Translated by Ulf Dammann with a Foreword by Jean Ziegler, Berlin: Rotbach Verlag, 1987 pp. 142; US ed. New York: Africa World Press, 1988. A short book or lengthy essay which, given when it was published more or less got the transition right. Now out of print, but some copies available.

 
 

Edited or co-edited books

  Conceiving cosmopolitanism: theory, context and practice (edited with Steve Vertovec) Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press 2002, pp. 314. Truly underpromoted by the publishers, this book has contributions from distinguished authors (Stuart Hall, Richard Sennett, Craig Calhoun, David Held, etc). The introduction by Steve Vertovec and myself is not just a summary, but is analytically quite ambitious. The introduction is available as a free download from the URL provided here.
Online publication details: http://www.oup.co.uk/ 
 

Migration, diasporas and transnationalism Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, (ed. with Steve Vertovec) 1999, pp. 663. 34 original full-text articles. (None of those miserable extracts found in readers) This is a library reference book, too expensive for personal purchase.

 

The politics of migration Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1998 (ed. with Zig Layton-Henry) pp. 341.16 original full-text articles. (None of those miserable extracts found in readers) This is a library reference book, too expensive for personal purchase.

 
 

The sociology of migration Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1996. pp. 544.20 original full-text articles. (None of those miserable extracts found in readers) This is a library reference book, too expensive for personal purchase.

 
 

Theories of migration Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1996. pp. 512. 27 original full-text articles. (None of those miserable extracts found in readers) This is a library reference book, too expensive for personal purchase.

 

Cambridge survey of world migration Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, pp. 592. Original short articles by scholars from 27 countries on 95 topics. The first comprehensive reference book on migration in one volume. Still available, though at £100 not a cheap buy.
Online publication details: http://titles.cambridge.org/

 
 

Democracy and socialism in Africa Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1991 (co-edited with Harry Goulbourne) pp. 272. Out of print collection derived from a conference convened by the Review of African Political Economy. Some copies still available.
Online publication details: http://www.amazon.com/

 
 

Repression and resistance: insider accounts of apartheid London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1990 (co-edited with Abebe Zegeye and Yvonne Muthien) pp. 306. Obscurely published book featuring black South African academics reflecting on their society on the cusp of the historic collapse of apartheid. Very difficult to obtain a copy. Look in a good research library.