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Diaspora and Transnationalism : Concepts, Theories and Methods - Rainer Baubock

Diaspora and Transnationalism

Concepts, Theories and Methods

By: A. M. Luijben, Rainer Baubock (Editor), Thomas Faist (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th September 2010
ISBN: 9789089642387
Number Of Pages: 360

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Diaspora and transnationalism are widely used concepts in academic as well as political discourses. Although originally referring to quite different phenomena, they increasingly overlap today. Such inflation of meanings goes hand in hand with a danger of essentialising collective identities. This book therefore analyses diaspora and transnationalism as research perspectives rather than as characteristics of particular social groups. The contributions focus on conceptual uses, theoretical challenges and methodological innovations in the study of social ties that transcend nation and state boundaries. This volume brings together authors from a wide range of fields and approaches in the social sciences, as studying border-crossing affiliations also requires a crossing of disciplinary boundaries.

-Diaspora and transnationalism have become buzzwords in popular debates. In this innovative work, Baub ck, Faist and their co-authors reclaim the concepts for social science by demonstrating their significance for contemporary migration research. [-]Stephen Castles, Research Chair in Sociology at The University of Sydney[-][-]-A strong, elegant and very welcome map and compass for the concepts, theories, questions and methodological challenges that drive research on the global condition. [-]Peggy Levitt, Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and author of God Needs No Passport[-][-]"An insightful and thought-provoking contribution to the theoretical and methodological debates. The chapters provide both fresh and authoritative perspectives on the key issues at stake and underscore the value of cross-disciplinary dialogue."[-]Eva stergaard-Nielsen, Associate Professor of Political Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona[-][-]-'Diaspora' and 'transnationalism' have come to dominate migration studies over the last two decades. Compiled by foremost scholars in the field, this volume skilfully brings together compelling essays that examine concepts, theories and methods surrounding these two terms, their mixed definitions, critiques and social scientific impacts. [-]Steven Vertovec, Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Prefacep. 7
Diaspora and transnationalism: What kind of dance partners?p. 9
Diasporas, transnational spaces and communitiesp. 35
The dynamics of migrants' transnational formations: Between mobility and localityp. 51
Instrumentalising diasporas for development: International and European policy discoursesp. 73
Interrogating diaspora: Power and conflict in Peruvian migrationp. 91
A global perspective on transnational migration: Theorising migration without methodological nationalismp. 109
Bridging the divide: Towards a comparative framework for understanding kin state and migrant-sending state diaspora politicsp. 131
Diasporas and international politics: Utilising the universalistic creed of liberalism for particularistic and nationalist purposesp. 149
Diaspora, migration and transnationalism: Insights from the study of second-generation 'returnees'p. 167
Private, public or both? On the scope and impact of transnationalism in immigrants' everyday livesp. 185
Operationalising transnational migrant networks through a simultaneous matched sample methodologyp. 205
Transnational research collaboration: An approach to the study of co-publications between overseas Chinese scientists and their mainland colleaguesp. 227
The internet as a means of studying transnationalism and diasporap. 245
Transnational links and practices of migrants' organisations in Spainp. 267
Cold constellations and hot identities: Political theory questions about transnationalism and diasporap. 295
Bibliographyp. 323
List of contributorsp. 351
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ISBN: 9789089642387
ISBN-10: 9089642382
Series: IMISCOE Research
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 15th September 2010
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6