1st Edition

Transnational Agency and Migration
Actors, Movements, and Social Support




ISBN 9780415899079
Published July 23, 2015 by Routledge
272 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Migrants, both spatially and mentally, no longer settle in only one national territory but interact or move across borders regularly, profoundly challenging the nation-state and the image of society as a container. This volume explores the ways in which migrants, activists and professionals connect social worlds across national boundaries through a variety of social practices. The contributions from various disciplines - anthropology, economics, political and social sciences, educational studies and social work - illuminate the meaning of agency in situations where the capabilities of transnational actors are constrained by nation-states, their borders and social institutions. Based on a relational understanding of transnational agency which builds upon new insights and developments within transnational studies and network theory, this compilation of chapters presents transnational processes and developments in and across various regions of the globe - in East Asia, the Americas, the EU, Southeast Asia, Africa and Australia, in the borderlands of Mexico and the US, in the transatlantic space of the 19th-century fin de siècle world - in order to demonstrate the importance of gaining, assisting and expanding agency in transnational contexts.

Table of Contents

1. Transnational Agency: Migrants, Movements and Social Support Crossing Borders  Stefan Köngeter and Wendy Smith  Part I: Transnational Migration  2. Between Empowerment and Exploitation: Migrant Women’s Transnational Practices on the Northern Mexican Border  Elisabeth Tuider  3. Integration and Agency: African Refugee Women and a Playgroup in Melbourne, Australia  Kari Gibson, Katie Vasey and Lenore Manderson  4. Return Migration as an Engine of Social Change?: Reverse Diasporas’ Capital Investments at Home  Heidi Dahles  Part II: Transnational Movements  5. The Translation of Knowledge Across the Atlantic: Constructions of the "Immigration Problem" in the Settlement Movement  Stefan Köngeter  6. Reconstructing the Narrative of Transnational Feminist Agency: The Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court  Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza  7. People Living with HIV and AIDS in Thailand as Transnational Social Actors  Wolfram Schaffar  8. Asian New Religious Movements as Transnational Cultural Systems: Implications for Agency  Wendy Smith  Part III: Transnational Education and Social Support  9. Transnational Transformations of Schooling in Toronto, Canada  Naomi Lightman  10. Relaunching Citizenship Within an Agency-Oriented Perspective: Transnational Lessons for Social Work and Educational Studies  Eberhard Raithelhuber  11. Transnational Social Work Communities: NGOs Organizing Social Support in International Development Cooperation  Nadin Tettschlag  12. Social Security in Transnational Legal Space: Limitations and Opportunities  Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

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Biography

Stefan Köngeter is Professor for Social Pedagogy at the School of Education, University of Trier, Germany.

Wendy Smith is an anthropologist in the fields of Management, Religious and Asian Studies. She formerly lectured in Management and Japanese Studies at Monash University, Australia, and was the Director of the Centre for Malaysian Studies, Monash Asia Institute.