Transnationalism Bibliography

  • Szanton-Blanc, C., Basch, L., & Glick-Schiller, N. (1995). Transnationalism, Nation-States, and Culture. Current Anthropology, 36 (Aug.-Oct.), 683-686.
    Keyword(s): Culture, Nation-State, Transnationalism

Question(s) addressed by the author and working arguments

The paradox of our days is: while increasing number of people live their lives across borders and capital Something new is happening, transnationalism, in the world to clarify a construct that is being widely and variously used in the social sciences. accumulation is becoming more global and flexible, large nation-states are closing their borders, “postcolonial” states are trying to incorporate former citizens, and smaller territorial units are constructing themselves as nation-states.

Specific transnational processes are being generated by the current global restructuring of capitalism and that they have multiple dimensions. Some particular aspects of transnational processes and new forms of identities emerging from transnational spaces. The restructurings of global capital are creating transnational processes that affect the form, substance, and import of nation-state building and associated constructions of identities. The role of the State appears to be changing. Financial transactions, including monetary values, tend to disappear from state registers.

The creation of new internal hierarchies of power based on double standards that redefines who has access to citizenship and nationness. Because most of the new immigrants are non-Western post colonials, the new double standards represent new forms of racism.

A historical perspective is needed to clarify the specificities of the current transnational paradox. The development of a global economy has been sustained by the existence of separate nation-states. A spatial perspective remains very important because the current restructuring of global capitalism, is changing the relationships between those regions and states. These developments have effect on local class formation and the distribution of power within and between and states.

Conceptual references to transnational – transnationalism

Transnational Processes, Transnationalism

Conclusions or Final Remarks

Transnational processes and identity politics have to be analyzed in terms of current regimes of power that becomes important to investigate the specific regimes through which control is administered coincide with state boundaries.

The rise of identity politics and multicultural debates should be studied in relationship to the restructuring of global capital and its current transnational processes.