'Introduction: The Psychology of Global Mobility', in S.C. Carr (ed) The Psychology of Social Mobility

2010, Carr, Stuart C., .


Globalization has magnified the salience of global mobility, for travelers and new settlers, host communities, policy-makers and social scientists alike. This book is a response to that challenge. Its contributions by leading thinkers crystallize a new and emerging field. Collectively the contributions argue that the Psychology of Global Mobility, like global mobility itself, is a pressing concern for Human Development. The book offers a useful response to the United Nations’ Human Development Report for 2009. This called for more multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding and enabling the human capabilities that both (i) drive and (ii) result from, global mobility. The book’s chapters analyze the historical, methodological and ethical context for mobility; its motivational substrates in personality, gender identity, economy, and climate change like disasters natural and man-made; mediating roles for cross-cultural adjustment via training, acculturation, inclusion and wellbeing; and mobility’s consequences for individual careers, equal opportunity, global connectivity via technology, and human poverty reduction. Human development, the book shows, is a dynamic product stemming significantly from motivation, adjustment and performance, occurring mutually between the more and less globally mobile.   

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