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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16704

Title: The Study of Transnationalism: Pitfalls and Promises of an Emergent Social Field
Authors: Portes, Alejandro
Guarnizo, Luis Eduardo
Landolt, Patricia
Keywords: Transnationalism, economic, political and socio-cultural
immigrant adaptation
national development
social networks
technological development
socialcapital
Issue Date: Mar-1999
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Portes, Alejandro, Luis E. Guarnizo and Patricia Landolt. 1999. “The Study of Transnationalism: Pitfalls and Promises of an Emergent Social Field,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 22 (2): 217-237
Abstract: This introductory article defines the concept of transnationalism, provides a typology of this heterogeneous set of activities, and reviews some of the pitfalls in establishing and validating the topic as a novel research field. A set of guidelines to orient research in this field is presented and justified. Instances of immigrant political and economic transnationalism have existed in the past. We review some of the most prominent examples, but point to the distinct features that make the contemporary emergence of these activities across multiple national borders worthy of attention. The contents of this Special Issue and their bearing on the present understanding of this phenomenon and its practical implications are summarized.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16704
ISSN: 0141-9870
Appears in Collections:Sociology

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