Handbook on Transnationalism


Handbook on Transnationalism

9781035332069 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore and Francis L. Collins, Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 206 9 Extent: 480 pp
Providing a critical overview of transnationalism as a concept, this Handbook looks at its growing influence in an era of high-speed, globalised interconnectivity. It offers crucial insights on how approaches to transnationalism have altered how we think about social life from the family to the nation-state, whilst also challenging the predominance of methodologically nationalist analyses.

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Providing a critical overview of transnationalism as a concept, this Handbook looks at its growing influence in an era of high-speed, globalised interconnectivity. It offers crucial insights on how approaches to transnationalism have altered how we think about social life from the family to the nation-state, whilst also challenging the predominance of methodologically nationalist analyses.
Encompassing research from around the world, leading international researchers examine transnational migration, culture, state practices, organisations and institutions. Chapters draw attention to conceptual concerns around the topic, including the spatiality and temporality of transnationalism, connections to the life course, and the articulation of affect and emotion across borders. The Handbook further explains the transnational dimensions of different forms of migration, including labour migrations and student mobilities, and emphasises why and how transnational networks and circulations matter.
An engaging foundation for students and scholars seeking to enhance their understanding of transnationalism, this Handbook offers agenda-setting arguments that will be beneficial to researchers of migration and mobilities, human geography, sociology, anthropology, international relations and cultural studies. It will also be an interesting read for practitioners working in migration, migrant rights and transnational organising and activism.
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‘This Handbook provides an impressive overview of scholarship on transnationalism. Its chapters engage pressing questions about the geographies and temporalities of transnationalism across places, scales, life stages, and domains, from cities and higher education to religion and the family. Through its breadth and depth, this Handbook offers an important resource for migration scholars across disciplines.’
– Jamie Winders, Syracuse University, US

‘In this rich compendium, Yeoh and Collins bring together leading scholars of transnationalism to look afresh at this important topic. Exploring both new empirical cases and new concepts, the authors provide novel insights into transnational relations and processes. This is a must-read book for those interested in cross-border interactions in the contemporary era.’
– Katharyne Mitchell, University of California, Santa Cruz, US

‘Since the turn of the millennium, transnationalism has gradually taken its place as a key concept in social science. This welcome new Handbook provides fresh overviews alongside critical advances concerning a range of ever-salient, if not increasingly significant, theoretical understandings of transformative cross-border phenomena.’
– Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany

‘An up-to-date, invaluable mapping of the causes and consequences of social life across borders. The contributions to this volume go far beyond mobility and migration. They use a transnational lens to understand a range of institutions, processes, and relationships that have not been brought together before, including youth, labor unions, urbanization, and emotions. By doing so, they challenge fundamental assumptions about how identity, community, governance, and rights actually work in this early part of the twenty-first century. Theoretically rich and carefully argued, this Handbook is a welcome synthesis of this ever-more-present, dynamic understanding of social relations.’
– Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, US

‘This is an invaluable collection of voices from the field of transnationalism research. The volume offers a rich new lexicon based on innovative case studies that will set the agenda for conceptualising transnationalism in years to come.’
– Parvati Raghuram, The Open University, UK
Contributors: Loretta Baldassar, Paolo Boccagni, Rafael Bohlen, Jørgen Carling, Anastasia Christou, Francis L. Collins, Marta Bivand Erdal, David Featherstone, Michele Ford, Vincent Horn, Heather A. Horst, Shirlena Huang, Evangeline O. Katigbak, Youna Kim, Sin Yee Koh, Theodora Lam, Maggi Leung, Gracia Liu-Farrer, Valentina Mazzucato, Arnisson A.C. Ortega, Dominic Pasura, Anju M. Paul, Nicola Piper, Ludger Pries, Sergei V. Shubin, Jolynna Sinanan, Jacob R. Thomas, Gerasimos Tsourapas, Joan van Geel, Johanna Waters, Raelene Wilding, Matt Withers, Biao Xiang, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Juan Zhang, Min Zhou

1 Introduction to Handbook on Transnationalism 1
Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Francis L. Collins

2 Pre-national transnationalism and translocalism 30
David Featherstone
3 What, when and how transnationalism matters: a multi-scalar
framework 45
Biao Xiang
4 Transnationalism and time: beyond the self, unity and relation 60
Sergei Shubin
5 Transnational ageing and the later life course 77
Vincent Horn
6 Transnationalism, affect and emotion 93
Raelene Wilding and Loretta Baldassar
7 Understanding variation and change in migrant transnationalism 110
Jørgen Carling

8 Transnational state practices and authoritarian politics 128
Gerasimos Tsourapas
9 Transnational migration and homemaking 141
Paolo Boccagni
10 Transnational organisations 155
Ludger Pries and Rafael Bohlen
11 The politics of transnational activism 169
Michele Ford
12 Transnational families in an age of migration 182
Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Theodora Lam and Shirlena Huang
13 Transnational young people: growing up and being active in
a transnational social field 198
Valentina Mazzucato and Joan van Geel
14 Transnational urbanism in the South 211
Arnisson A.C. Ortega and Evangeline O. Katigbak
15 Transnational higher education 230
Johanna Waters and Maggi W.H. Leung
16 Transnational popular culture 246
Youna Kim
17 Transnational religion 262
Dominic Pasura

18 Transnationalism and temporary labour migration 277
Matt Withers and Nicola Piper
19 International students as transnational migrants 294
Gracia Liu-Farrer
20 Transnational marriage migration in Asia and its friction 310
Juan Zhang
21 Transnational mobilities and return migration 325
Anastasia Christou and Brenda S.A. Yeoh
22 Connecting more than the origin and destination: multinational
migrations and transnational ties 340
Anju M. Paul

23 Migrant transnationalism, remittances and development 356
Marta Bivand Erdal
24 Communications technologies and transnational networks 371
Jolynna Sinanan and Heather A. Horst
25 Transnationalism and care circulation: mobility, caregiving,
and the technologies that shape them 388
Loretta Baldassar and Raelene Wilding
26 Ethnic entrepreneurship and its transnational linkages 404
Jacob R. Thomas and Min Zhou
27 Elite transnational networks, spaces and lifestyles 420
Sin Yee Koh

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