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Translocal Geographies
Spaces, Places, Connections

ISBN 9780754678380
Published March 28, 2011 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together a wide range of original empirical research from locations and interconnected geographical contexts from Europe, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Central and Latin America, this book sets out a different agenda for mobility - one which emphasizes the enduring connectedness between, and embeddedness within, places during and after the experience of mobility. These issues are examined through the themes of home and family, neighbourhoods and city spaces and allow the reader to engage with migrants' diverse practices which are specifically local, yet spatially global. This book breaks new ground by arguing for a spatial understanding of translocality that situates the migrant experience within/across particular 'locales' without confining it to the territorial boundedness of the nation state. It will be of interest to academics and students of social and cultural geography, anthropology and transnational studies.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part 1 Introduction: Translocal Geographies: Introduction: translocal geographies, Katherine Brickell and Ayone Datta. Part 2 Translocal Spaces; Home and Family: Translocal geographies of 'home' in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Katherine Brickell; Translocal family relations amongst the Lahu in Northern Thailand, Brian A.L. Tan and Brenda S.A. Yeoh; British families moving home: translocal geographies of return migration from Singapore, Madeleine E. Hatfield. Part 3 Translocal Neighbourhoods: Translocal geographies of London: belonging and 'otherness' among Polish migrants after 2004, Ayona Datta; ' You wouldn't know what's in there would you?' Homeliness and 'foreign' signs in Ashfield, Sydney, Amanda Wise; Ways out of crisis in Buenos Aires: translocal landscapes and the activation of mobile resources, Ryan Centner. Part 4 Urban Translocalities: Spaces, Places, Connections: Fear of small distances: home associations in Douala, Dar es Salaam and London, Ben Page; Translocal spatial; geographies: multi-sited encounters of Greek migrants in Athens, Berlin, and New York, Anastasia Christou; Translocality in Washington, DC and Addis Ababa: spaces and linkages of the Ethiopian diaspora in two capital cities, Elizabeth Chacko. Part 5 Epilogue: Translocality; a critical reflection, Michael Peter Smith; Bibliography; Index.

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Katherine Brickell, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and Ayona Datta, Lecturer, Cities Programme, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics, UK


'An energetic and exciting volume, Translocal Geographies uses diverse empirical examples from around the world to illustrate a groundbreaking concept, and in so doing sheds new light on the experience of mobility in the 21st century. Rarely has Geography seemed so relevant.' Khalid Koser, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland 'Deploying and developing the concept of translocal this book advances transnational migration studies by situating migrants within specific places and times. This is a much needed multi-scalar corrective for the tendency of scholars to conflate locality of origin and settlement with national identities in mapping a geography of transnational connection.' Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester, UK 'This book provides an exciting insight in to the personal, emotional and corporeal geographies that are active agents of change in translocal relations... The book concludes in a very thought-provoking manner, highlighting numerous issues to be explored further, linked to geographies of power, class, agency and affect.' Social and Cultural Geography 'This book is a rich and varied collection of case studies that broaden the concept of translocality, and use a range of methodologies... I truly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in movement, migration, locales and the relationship between them, as they appear in different parts of the world, in different scales and in different forms.' Australian Planner