Fulfilled and Unfulfilled Promises of Everett Lee: Toward a Critique of Migration Theories

Fulfilled and Unfulfilled Promises of Everett Lee:
Toward a Critique of Migration Theories

Lisitsyn P.P.

Сand. Sci. (Sociol.), Associate Prof. of Comparative Sociology Chair, St. Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. fox_sociology@mail.ru

Stepanov A.M.

Сand. Sci. (Sociol.), Associate Prof. of Social Analysis and Mathematical Methods in Sociology Chair, St. Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. 916001@inbox.ru

Orlova N.A.

Senior Lecturer, St. Petersburg State University of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia nat.and.orlova@gmail.com

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Lisitsyn P.P., Stepanov A.M., Orlova N.A. Fulfilled and Unfulfilled Promises of Everett Lee: Toward a Critique of Migration Theories. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2023. No 10. P. 41-51


This article is devoted to the analysis of E. Lee’s migration theory (Lee, 1966). E. Lee’s publication characterizing his theory of migration is one of the most cited works in the history of migration studies. Having been subjected to critical analysis more than once, its key theses are known not only to experts in the field of migration and economics, but also to a wide range of readers, who associate it with the terms “attraction and push” (push and pull). The analysis carried out in this article differs in that the focus of research attention is not so much on the main theses of his theory, as on their relationship with the ideas that preceded, as well as with the trends of the time when this work was written. The authors carried out a brief analysis of the works of E. Lee’s predecessors, determining the degree of their influence on the main provisions of his theory, and also highlighted novelty of his work for the development of subsequent migration studies.

migration; migration theory; critic; push and pull; factors of attraction and expulsion; E. Lee; migration studies


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