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Overview

Expansion of transnational capital and mass media to even the remotest of places has provoked a spate of discourse on transnationalism. A core theme hi this debate is the penetration of national cultures and political systems by global and local driving forces. The nation-state is seen as weakened by transnational capital, global media, and emergent supranational political institutions. It also faces the decentering local resistances of the informal economy, ethnic nationalism, and grass-roots activism. Transnationalism From Below brings together a rich combination of theoretical and grounded studies of transnational processes and practices, discussing both their positive and negative aspects.

The editors examine the scope and limits of transnationalism. The volume is divided into four parts: "Theorizing Transnationalism"; "Transnational Economic and Political Agency"; "Constructing Transnational Localities"; and "Transnational Practices and Cultural Reinscription." Contriburtors include Andre C. Drainville, Josephine Smart, Alan Smart, Minna Nyberg S0rensen, George Fouron, Nina Glick Schiller, Luin Goldring, Sarah J. Mahler, Linda Miller Matthei, Louisa Schein, David A. Smith, and Robert C. Smith. Moving easily between micro and macro analyses, this book expands the boundaries of the current scholarship on transnationalism, locates new forms of transnational agency, and poses provocative questions that challenge prevailing interpretations of globalization. Transnationalism From Below is a pioneering collection that will make a significant addition to the libraries of anthropologists, sociologists, international relations specialists, urban planners, political scientists, and policymakers.

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Theoretical and grounded studies of transnational processes and practices discuss both their positive and negative aspects. Moving between micro and macro analyses, material expands the boundaries of the current scholarship on transnationalism, locates new forms of transnational agency, and poses provocative questions that challenge prevailing interpretations of globalization. Of interest to anthropologists, sociologists, international relations specialists, urban planners, and policy makers. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009900
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Comparative Urban and Community Research Series , #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Luis Eduardo Guarnizo is assistant professor of community studies and development at the University of California, Davis. He has researched and written extensively on transnationalism. He is co-author of Capitalistas del Tropico. His work has appeared in The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science, Revista de Ciencias Sociales, and Genera y Sociedad. Michael Peter Smith is distinguished research professor in community studies at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on urban theory, globalization, and transnationalism. He is co-author of the award-winning book Citizenship across Borders and is the series editor of Transaction’s Comparative Urban and Community Research (CUCR) book series.

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Table of Contents

I Theorizing Transnationalism
1 The Locations of Transnationalism 3
2 The Fetishism of Global Civil Society: Global Governance, Transnational Urbanism and Sustainable Capitalism in the World Economy 35
3 Theoretical and Empirical Contributions Toward a Research Agenda for Transnationalism 64
II Transnational Economic and Political Agency
4 Transnational Social Networks and Negotiated Identities in Interactions between Hong Kong and China 103
5 Transnational Lives and National Identities: The Identity Politics of Haitian Immigrants 130
III Constructing Transnational Localities
6 The Power of Status in Transnational Social Fields 165
7 Transnational Localities: Community, Technology and the Politics of Membership within the Context of Mexico and U.S. Migration 196
IV Transnational Practices and Cultural Reinscription
8 Narrating Identity Across Dominican Worlds 241
9 Belizean "Boyz 'n the 'Hood"? Garifuna Labor Migration and Transnational Identity 270
10 Forged Transnationality and Oppositional Cosmopolitanism 291
Contributors 314
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