- Space, Time, and Volition: Dimensions of Migration Theory
- War, Natural Disasters, and Forced Migration
- Beyond Transnationalism: An Alternative Perspective on Immigrants’ Homeland Connections
- Economic Effects of Migration: Receiving States
- Economic Effects of Emigration on Sending Countries
- Effects of Migration: Political Parties
- Immigrant Participation
- The Social Effects of Immigration
- Migration and Culture
- Dimensions of Immigration Policy
- Explaining Migration Policy: Historical Perspectives
- Public Opinion and Populism
- Interest Group Politics and Immigration Policy
- Migration and International Relations
- Segmented Assimilation and the American Experience of Asian Immigrant Children
- Pathways of Incorporation for Immigrant Citizens in the United States: Perspectives on Historical Patterns
- Aliens and People of Color: The Multidimensional Relationship of Immigration Policy and Racial Classification in the United States
- Conceptualizing Transborder Communities
- Gender, Family, and Migration
- Immigration, Crime, and Terrorism
- An Enduring Dilemma: Immigration and Organized Labor in Western Europe and the United States
- Regions and Regionalism
- Migration and Citizenship: Normative Debates
- Poles Apart: The Politics of Illegal Immigration in America
Abstract and Keywords
This article develops the concept of “transborder” communities. It first explores the concepts of borders, border crossing, and borderlands as a way of understanding the complexity of transborder communities. From there the discussion focuses on the concept of coloniality as a tool for understanding the ways that ethnic and racial hierarchies written into colonialism are often recycled into ideologies of nationalism that permeate discussions of contemporary migration. It evaluates theories of the compression of time in terms of how to conceptualize the local in multiple places simultaneously, drawing on the concepts of bifocal vision and social fields. Finally, the article discusses both the power and limits of states in affecting transborder communities.
Lynn Stephen is Distinguished Professor Of Anthropology And Ethnic Studies at The University Of Oregon.
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