1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Transnational Studies

Edited By Margit Fauser, Xóchitl Bada Copyright 2024
    360 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Transnational Studies offers a comprehensive overview of the dynamic evolution and the most recent debates in this interdisciplinary field. The collection assembles scholarship from the social sciences and the humanities that share a critical perspective extending beyond the nation-state. The contributions investigate sustained connections, events, and activities across state borders and acknowledge prevailing global power asymmetries.

    The handbook examines the dynamics of transnational processes across seven main themes: epistemological and methodological principles; transnational migrant practices and family remittances; mobilities and (self-)identities; social protection; organizations and social movements; culture, religion, and the arts; and architecture and urban planning. The contributors engage with theoretical developments and analyze empirical cases involving a wide array of critical contemporary topics such as expatriate voting, first- and second-generation return migration, state-sponsored cross-border marriages, access to health care, transnational social work, global religious aesthetics, transnational art corridors, literary translation, remittance-financed architecture, and transnational processes of real estate development and gentrification, among others. They display a series of cross-cutting approaches including postcolonial theory, racism, and gender, and a focus on agency, state policies and macro-structures, and transnational inequalities. This book features multidisciplinary scholars in transnational studies from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    This handbook will be of interest to scholars interested in global and transnational perspectives across a wide range of disciplines. It will serve as a key resource for academics, students, and other interested audiences seeking to familiarize themselves with the study of contemporary issues that cross state borders.


    List of figures and tables
    List of contributors

     An interdisciplinary introduction to transnational studies

    Epistemological principles and transnational methodologies

     1 - The twilight of transnational migration studies in a conjuncture of dispossession: An epistemological approach  

    Nina Glick Schiller

    2 - Expanding the critical knowledge potential of transnational migration research: How to study ‘doing migration’ at the intersection of multiple colonialities? 

    Anna Amelina

    3 - What is new about transnational inequality?

    Manuela Boatcӑ

    Transnational migrant practices, remittances, and transfers

     4 – Migrant transnational political engagement

    Eva Østegaard-Nielsen

    5 – Remittances, transnationalism, and the making of migrant financial inclusion across North America

    Matthew Bakker

    6 - Return mobility and transnational intangible transfers: The case of Central and Eastern Europe

    Izabela Grabowska

     SECTION 3
    Mobilities, identities, and power structures

     7 - Second-generation transnational return mobilities

    Russell King and Nilay Kılınç

     8 – Gendered state interest and marriage migration policies: The Philippines and South Korea

    Jean Encinas-Franco

     9 - White capital: A transnational story

    Catrin Lundström

     SECTION 4
    Social Security, Social Protection and Health

    10 - Labyrinths of transnational social protection

    Elisabeth Scheibelhofer

     11 - Bringing the transnational into social work

    Mieke Schrooten

     12 - Diasporic bureaucracies and transnational social rights: A Mexican health policy in New York City

    Guillermo Yryzar Barbosa and Robert C. Smith

     13 - Transnational medical mobilities

    Heng Leng Chee and Andrea Whittaker

     SECTION 5
    Organizations and Social Movements

     14 - Social movements, transnational struggles, and cross-national diffusion: Three waves of research

    Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Louisa Parks

    15 - Transnational labor activism: The international labor movement and beyond

    Michele Ford

     16 - Transnational migrant organizations

    Ludger Pries and Eva Günzel

     SECTION 6
    Culture, Religion & the Arts

     17 – Contemporary art and transnational artivisms in the Americas

    Olga U. Herrera

     18 - Orisha transnational practices and the Africana Matrix

    Cheryl Sterling

     19 - Conviviality and transnationalism – conceptual cross-fertilizations

    Magdalena Nowicka

     20 - Translation and postcoloniality

    Paul F. Bandia

     SECTION 7
    Architecture and Urban Planning 

    21 - Twin house: Emigrant and Immigrant architectures of transnational labor economies

    Mirjana Lozanovska

    22 - Migration and architecture: Remitting as a framework for emergent architectural forms

    Sarah Lopez

    23 - Building dreams back “home”: Transnational urban spatialities of homes, land, and property

    Arnisson Andre C. Ortega

     24 - Transnational mobility and urban change

    Matthew Hayes





    Margit Fauser is a professor of Sociology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She is the author of Mobile Citizenship, co-author of Transnational Migration, and a co-editor of Migrations and Border Processes: Practices and Politics of Belonging and Exclusion in Europe from the 19th to the 21st Century, a special issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies.

    Xóchitl Bada is an associate professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, USA. She is co-author of Scaling Migrant Worker Rights: How Advocates Collaborate and Contest State Power and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Latin America and Accountability across Borders: Migrant Rights in North America.