The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies brings together the various fields within which transregional phenomena are scientifically observed and analysed. This handbook presents the theoretical and methodological potential of such studies for the advancement of the conceptualization of global and area-bound developments.
Following three decades of intense debate about globalization and transnationalism, it has become clear that border-crossing connections and interactions between societies are highly important, yet not all extend beyond the borders of nation-states or are of truly world-wide reach. The product of extensive international and interdisciplinary cooperation, this handbook is divided into ten sections that introduce the wide variety of topics within transregional studies, including Colonialism and Post-Colonial Studies, Spatial Formats, International Organizations, Religions and Religious Movements, and Transregional Studies and Narratives of Globalization. Recognizing that transregional studies asks about the space-making and space-formatting character of connections as well as the empirical status of such connections under the global condition, the volume reaches beyond the typical confines of area and regional studies to consider how areas are transcended and transformed more widely.
Combining case studies with both theoretical and methodological considerations, The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies provides the first overview of the currently flourishing field of transregional studies and is the ideal volume for students and scholars of this diverse subject and its related fields.
Table of Contents
List of special features Notes on contributors Transregional studies: a new approach to global processes Part I: Histories of area studies and methodological approaches Introduction Chapter 1: Transregionality in the history of area studies Chapter 2: Balkan counter-circulation: internationalizing area studies from a periphery during the Cold War Chapter 3: Area studies scholarship of Asia Chapter 4: Area studies, Regionalwissenschaften, aires culturelles: the respatialization of area studies from a bird’s-eye view Chapter 5: Methods in transregional studies: intercultural transfers Chapter 6: Comparative area studies Chapter 7: Transregional study of class, social groups, and milieus Chapter 8: The study of transregional movements Part II: Colonialism and post-colonial studies Introduction Chapter 9: Multiple Atlantics Chapter 10: Indian Ocean worlds Chapter 11: Movements, sites, and encounters of (post-)colonial knowledge in and of the Pacific Chapter 12: Colonial expertism and its post-colonial legacies Chapter 13: From the village to the world: subaltern studies as critical historicism Chapter 14: The invention of the Third World and the geopolitics of dependence and development Chapter 15: Decolonization and Cold War geographies: remapping the post-colonial world Part III: Spatial formats Introduction Chapter 16: Continents and civilizations Chapter 17: Languages and spaces: La Francophonie and other 'phonies' Chapter 18: Historical meso-regions and transregionalism Chapter 19: Border studies: temporality, space, and scale Chapter 20: Global cities Chapter 21: Special economic zones and transregional state spatiality Chapter 22: Transregional trade infrastructures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Part IV: Economic entanglements Introduction Chapter 23: Conceptualizing the world economy: the world market Chapter 24: Great Divergence: addressing global inequalities Chapter 25: Property demythologized: historical transformations and spatial hierarchies of land regimes Chapter 26: The role of infrastructure in transregional ventures Chapter 27: Supply chain capitalism and the technologies of global territory Chapter 28: Power without borders? Transnational corporations in the global food system Chapter 29: Contested extractivism: actors and strategies in conflicts over mining Chapter 30: Transregional protest against preferential trade agreements Part V: International organizations Introduction Chapter 31: Peace and security Chapter 32: Trade transregionalism Chapter 33: Internet governance Chapter 34: Transregional aspects of international financial regulation Chapter 35: Global health: a concept in search of its meaning between Northern dominance and egalitarianism Chapter 36: Truth commissions and the International Criminal Court Chapter 37: Transregional dynamics and cultures of international organizations Chapter 38: Transregional trends in international organizations in the field of climate and energy Part VI: Mobilities, migration, and diasporas Introduction Chapter 39: Historical perspectives on migration Chapter 40: Forced mobilities: slave trade and indentured migration Chapter 41: Refugees and human displacement Chapter 42: Analytical concepts in migration studies Chapter 43: Responsibility-shifting and the global refugee regime Chapter 44: Transregionality of African entrepreneurs Chapter 45: Migration’s lines of flight: borders as spaces of contestation Part VII: Religions and religious movements Introduction Chapter 46: The ‘trans’ in the study of religion: power and mobility in a multiscalar perspective Chapter 47: Religious NGOs: the new face of religion in civil society Chapter 48: Mission Chapter 49: Migration, diaspora, and religion Chapter 50: Global religious organizations Chapter 51: Religion: globalization and glocalization Part VIII: (Trans)cultural studies Introduction Chapter 52: Global theatre history Chapter 53: Cultural brokers and mediators Chapter 54: Music and revolt: a breakneck ride through the transregional production and significance of jazz and rock Chapter 55: World literature and space constructions Chapter 56: Language policy in transregional contacts Chapter 57: Intellectual property rights Chapter 58: Universities as portals of globalization Part IX: Knowledge production, transfer, and application across areas Introduction Chapter 59: Opening up transregional analysis in the Basel Mission Archive Chapter 60: Development economics as transregional studies Chapter 61: Early warning and conflict prevention Chapter 62: Knowledge diplomacy in climate politics: bridging global policy gaps through a transregional lens Chapter 63: Influencing the other: transnational actors and knowledge transfer in education Chapter 64: Transnational knowledge networks Part X: Transregional studies and narratives of globalization Introduction Chapter 65: Global studies and transregional studies: collaborators not competitors Chapter 66: Economic zones in a global(ized?) economy Chapter 67: Global regions in the critical geography of globalization Chapter 68: Post-colonial studies: on scapes and spaces Chapter 69: The BRICS Chapter 70: Global challenges Chapter 71: Narratives about globalization: international studies and global studies Index
Matthias Middell is professor of cultural history at Leipzig University and its Centre for Area Studies. He has written extensively on the global implications of the French revolution, the history of East Central Europe since the eighteenth century, and on the transformations of the field of global history since the late nineteenth century. He is editor of Comparativ – A Journal of Global History and Comparative Studies.