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The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move

Bloomsbury. Jun. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9781635571974. $28. SCI
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Following the inception of a sedentary world philosophy that arose in the 18th century, Shah’s book tracks how this worldview served to inform future movements from eugenics to anti-immigration policies to conservationism. However, Shah shows that, owing to recent scientific findings and advances in technology, this worldview is increasingly being called into question. Rather, it is becoming clearer that migration and movement are vastly more important, all-encompassing, and central to the lives of all living beings on Earth than previously known. The conclusions and assumptions that this change of focus presents may serve to redefine many types of current movements as well as historical and current events. Meticulously researched, yet highly readable, this work presents a nuanced counterargument to the idea of a static world where each being belongs to a certain place. Instead, using examples from insects to plants to humans, migration is considered a phenomenon that has been and will continue to be practiced by all earthly beings
VERDICT An interesting read that deals with a topic that is current and important to all. It will present a thoughtful challenge to many readers.

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