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Life Strategies of Migrants from Crisis Regimes

Achiever or Survivor?

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Concepts and Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Olga Oleinikova
      Pages 39-60
  3. Leaving Europe

  4. Becoming Australian

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Olga Oleinikova
      Pages 215-238
  5. Achievers Versus Survivors: Comparative Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Olga Oleinikova
      Pages 241-254
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-257

About this book

Introduction

‘This innovative study explores the lives of migrants leaving a crisis-torn homeland and re-establishing themselves in a new country. This book provides a fresh methodological approach that can be applied in a range of studies and which illuminates the complexity of 21st-century migration.’

—Catriona Elder, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia

‘This book makes an important contribution to the field of migration by centering the concept of life strategies. Drawing on rich material and original insights, it has a clear authorial voice and confidently combines both quantitative and qualitative approaches in its coherent analysis.’

—Karen O'Reilly, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Loughborough University, UK

‘Oleinikova contributes significantly to the theory of life strategies as well as to the methodology of its investigation. The main novelty is the model outlining the dialectic vision of individual life strategies, which allows the author to explain personal transformations and adaptations at individual and social levels before, during and after migration.’

—Olga Kutsenko, Professor of Social Inequalities and Collective Behavior, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

This book offers a profoundly new examination of life strategies of migrants from regimes in crisis. By focusing on the unique paired comparison of two opposing life strategies—the dynamic, risk-taking and future-oriented ‘achievement life strategy’ and the conservative, risk-minimizing and survival-oriented ‘survival life strategy’—this volume takes migration from post-independence Ukraine to Australia as a central case study to show how people shape their lives in response to regime transitions and crises; what life strategies individuals pursue to cope with social change; and why these individuals chose migration to Australia. Ultimately, the book compels us to reassess what we mean by migration and regime crisis in order to adequately respond to the global challenges confronting numerous democracies today. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and politics with interests in migration, political theory and democracy.


Keywords

regime crisis democracy life strategy Europe Ukraine Asia-Pacific Australia Risk-taking Risk-aversion Future oriented Survival oriented

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

About the authors

Olga Oleinikova is Lecturer and Director of the Ukraine Democracy Initiative in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. 

Bibliographic information

Reviews

‘This innovative study explores the lives of migrants leaving a crisis-torn homeland and re-establishing themselves in a new country. Using an original framework that brings together ideas of agency, personal life strategies, institutional frameworks and the impact of state policies, Dr. Oleinikova has produced a study that provides new ways of understanding what migration means and how it is experienced. In a world where migration and mobility are associated with crisis but involve individualised decision-making, this book provides a fresh methodological approach that can be applied in a range of studies and which illuminates the complexity of 21st-century migration.’  

—Catriona Elder, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia

‘This book makes an important contribution to the field of migration by centring the concept of life strategies. Drawing on rich material and original insights, it especially highlights the roles of agency and adaptability in the context of rapid social change, and critical structural conditions. It has a clear authorial voice and confidently combines both quantitative and qualitative approaches in its coherent analysis.’ 

—Karen O'Reilly, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Loughborough University, UK

‘The author of the book contributes significantly to the theory of life strategy as well as to the methodology of its investigation. Prior to this book, the conceptualization of individual life trajectory and strategy, the interplaying of the rational and emotional components as well as structural conditions and personal features was underdeveloped. The main novelty is the model outlining the dialectic vision of individual life strategies (achievement vs. survival) and its dependences on the changing micro and macro life conditions (in the sending and receiving societies), that allows the author to explain the personal transformations and adaptation at individual and social levels before, during and after migration.’

—Olga Kutsenko, Professor of Social Inequalities and Collective Behavior, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine