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M. Laura Vazquez Maggio:Mobility Patterns and Experiences of the Middle Classes in a Globalizing Age The Case of Mexican Migrants in Australia (Cham-Heidelberg - New York - Dordrecht - London: Springer-Verlag, 2017).

ISBN: 978-3-319-53392-6 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-3-319-53393-3 (EBook)
Doi: 10.1007/ 978-3-319-53393-3_ (add chapter no.)

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On this Book

  • Explores the case of Mexicans, a relatively new addition to Australian multiculturalism, thus providing useful information and insights beyond the existing, dry immigration statistics
  • Provides an insightful picture of middle-class mobility patterns while vividly illustrating the conceptual issues involved
  • Illustrates possible future scenarios if present trends in overall socioeconomic conditions continue

The book presents insights from a mixed methodology study that examines recent mobility patterns exhibited by the middle classes. Its major contributions are two-fold: theoretically, it advances the conceptualisation of middle class migration; empirically, it analyses the migratory motivations of a relatively new Latin-American group in Australia. The accelerated insertion of the Mexican society into globalisation processes is strongly linked not only to the growing participation in migration phenomena but also to people’s outflow to new destinations. Although studies of Mexican emigration are vast, research on Mexican skilled migration is scarce, and research that focuses on mobility to non-USA destinations is even scarcer. Mexicans are a relatively new addition to Australia’s multicultural society, and little is known about this group’s profile and why they choose to migrate to Australia. Employing a mixed methodology approach, the book provides a comprehensive portrait of migration in a new group.


On the Author

Monica Laura Vazquez Maggio

Monica Laura Vazquez Maggio is an associate professor in the Faculty of Economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and member of the National Society of Researchers (SNI – Sistema Nacional de Investigadores) in Mexico. Her doctoral studies were completed at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2013 and before that she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with high distinction (mención honorífica) from the Faculty of Economics at UNAM, Mexico in 2006. Laura’s past work has mostly been interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of economics, health economics, development, and social science. Her research mainly focuses on migration, globalisation, and the mobility of middle classes. Currently Laura is working on a research project looking at the Mexican middle-class professional migrants in the United States of America. Among her major publications are: ‘Cambio estructural y migración. El caso de México’ (with Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas), in EconomíaUNAM, vol. 13, no. 39, septiembre-diciembre, 2016, pp. 3-25; ‘From “Latin Americans” to Country-based Distinctions: A Case Study of the Migratory Motivations and Adaptation Experiences of Mexicans in Australia’ in Kath, Elizabeth (Ed), Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in A Change in Global Landscape, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 35-66; Angus Deaton’s book review, ‘The great escape: Health, wealth and the origins of inequality’ (FCE 2015), published in Investigación Económica, vol. LXXIV, no. 294, October-December, 2015, pp. 173-178; ‘Friendship, humour and non-native language: Emotions and experiences of professional migrants to Australia’ (with Harriet Westcott), in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2015, pp. 1-13; ‘Researchers’ reflections of empathy following interviews with migrants’ (with Harriet Westcott), Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 14, no. 3, 2014, pp. 214-227.