Theorizing Risk, Money and Moralities in Migration (TRiMM)

Led by Jørgen Carling

Mar 2009 – Aug 2014


This project set out to develop social-science theory in three areas of particular relevance to the study of international migration: the assessment and management of risk, the roles of money and material wealth in interpersonal relationships, and the moralities which inform migration decisions and subsequent transnational relationships. These themes were examined in relation to three cross-cutting dimensions: gender relations, the mediating roles of geographical space, and the dichotomy between self and others.

María Hernández Carretero carried out a case study of Senegalese migration to Spain, engaging with the full thematic breadth of the project. Jørgen Carling re-examined conceptual frameworks for understanding migrant remittances, drawing upon the project's theoretical themes and a large body of ethnographic research. May-Len Skilbrei applied the project themes to empirical research on women who migrate for or through prostitution.

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