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The Transnational Studies Reader : Intersections and Innovations - Peggy Levitt

The Transnational Studies Reader

Intersections and Innovations

By: Peggy Levitt (Editor), Sanjeev Khagram (Editor)

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Published: 24th December 2007
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In recent years, 'transnationalism' has become a key analytical concept across the social sciences. While theoretical approaches to the study of global social phenomena have traditionally focused on the nation-state as the central defining framework, transnational studies views social experience as a complex and dynamic product of multiple regional, ethnic, and institutional identities. Far from being static or bounded by national borders, social, political, and economic forces operate on supra-national, trans-regional, and trans-local scales and scopes. Transnational studies compares and contrasts these dynamics to rethink assumptions about identity, sovereignty, and citizenship.

Assembling writings from some of the most important theorists in history, politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, The Transnationalism Reader explores the ways that transnational practices and processes in different domains, and at different levels of social interaction, relate to, and inform each other. It also compares the spatial organization of social life during different historical periods.

Coherent in its vision and expansive in its disciplinary, geographic, and historical coverage, The Transnationalism Reader is a field-defining collection.

'All of the social and human sciences have been transformed by transnational scholarship. This has yielded new perspectives on issues from migration to religion to the role of corporations. And it has made it imperative for students and scholars to become familiar with work from several disciplines. Professors Khagram and Levitt have made a valuable contribution by bringing together so many informative and influential texts and helping readers gain an overview of these exciting lines of work.' - "Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council" 'Drawing on sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science, this book shows conclusively that good theory demands attention to transnational perspectives. Through articles on social phenomena as diverse as capitalism, religion, class, and art, the book proves that this approach is essential to understanding our increasingly transnational world.' - "Sally Engle Merry, New York University, USA" 'Few subjects are as critical in world affairs as how the forces of integration are smacking into reassertions of the particular. This book sheds considerable light on this intersection, and helps to illuminate core dilemmas of policy and cultural cohabitation on our small planet today.'- "John G. Ruggie, Harvard University, USA"

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xi
Note on Text Editsp. xiii
Constructing Transnational Studiesp. 1
The Broad Foundations
Transnational Relations and World Politics: An Introductionp. 23
"Conclusions" and "Post Scriptum" from Dependency and Development in Latin Americap. 36
The Homeland, Aztlan / El otro Mexicop. 44
Global Ethnoscapes: Notes and Queries for a Transnational Anthropologyp. 50
The Real New World Orderp. 64
"Introduction" and "The State and the Global City" from Globalization and Its Discontentsp. 72
Methodological Practices
Discipline and Practice: "The Field" as Site, Method, and Location in Anthropologyp. 87
Methodological Nationalism, the Social Sciences, and the Study of Migration: An Essay in Historical Epistemologyp. 104
Assimilation and Transnationalism: Determinants of Transnational Political Action among Contemporary Migrantsp. 118
"Introduction" from Forces of Labor: Workers' Movements and Globalization Since 1870p. 135
"Transnational Struggles for Water and Power" and "Dams, Democracy, and Development in Transnational Perspective"p. 147
Historical Perspectives
Breakthrough to Historyp. 179
The World System in the Thirteenth Century: Dead-End or Precursor?p. 184
The Historical Sociology of Racep. 196
The Black Atlantic as a Counterculture of Modernityp. 203
Questions of Identity
Of Our Spiritual Strivingsp. 217
The Cosmopolitan Perspective: Sociology of the Second Age of Modernityp. 222
The Nation-State and Its Others: In Lieu of a Prefacep. 231
"Nigerian Kung Fu, Manhattan fatwa" and "The Local and the Global: Continuity and Change"p. 235
Introduction: Transnational Feminist Practices and Questions of Postmodernityp. 251
Migrating Lives and Communities
"Transnational Projects: A New Perspective" and "Theoretical Premises"p. 261
The Local and the Global: The Anthropology of Globalization and Transnationalismp. 273
The Study of Transnationalism: Pitfalls and Promise of an Emergent Research Fieldp. 275
Conceptualizing Simultaneity: A Transnational Social Field Perspective on Societyp. 284
Religious Life Across Borders
Systemic Religion in Global Societyp. 299
Introduction: Religion, States, and Transnational Civil Societyp. 308
Theorizing Globalization and Religionp. 315
Arts and Culture
Locations of Culturep. 333
Interstitial Subjects: Asian American Visual Art as a Site for New Cultural Conversationsp. 339
Cultural Reconversionp. 342
Living Borders / Buscando America: Languages of Latino Self-Formationp. 347
The Diffusion of Ideas, Values, and Culture
World Society and the Nation-Statep. 359
Norms, Culture, and World Politics: Insights from Sociology's Institutionalismp. 369
Do Regimes Matter? Epistemic Communities and Mediterranean Pollution Controlp. 372
Cross-national Cultural Diffusion: The Global Spread of Cricketp. 377
Transnationalism, Localization, and Fast Foods in East Asiap. 402
Corporations, Classes, and Capitalism
"Introduction" from Transnational Corporations and World Orderp. 411
Imperialism, Dependency, and Dependent Developmentp. 415
The Organization of Buyer-driven Global Commodity Chains: How U.S. Retailers Shape Overseas Production Networksp. 429
"Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality" and "Afterword: An Anthropology of Transnationality"p. 446
Non-State Actors, NGOs, and Social Movements
Bringing Transnational Relations Back In: Introductionp. 459
World Culture in the World Polity: A Century of International Non-governmental Organizationp. 474
Social Movements and Global Transformationp. 490
Conclusions: Advocacy Networks and International Societyp. 501
The Challenges and Possibilities of Transnational Feminist Praxisp. 514
Security, Crime, and Violence
Global Prohibition Regimes: The Evolution of Norms in International Societyp. 531
Transnational Organized Crime: An Imminent Threat to the Nation-State? (Transcending National Boundaries)p. 540
"Introduction" from New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Erap. 555
Smuggling the State Back In: Agents of Human Smuggling Reconsideredp. 563
Rights and Permissions Listp. 570
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ISBN: 9780415953733
ISBN-10: 0415953731
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 578
Published: 24th December 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.02