Overlapping Spaces

Dirk Hoerder

in Workers Across the Americas

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731633
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894420 | DOI:
Overlapping Spaces

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“Transnational” has become a catchword. Political categories, like bordered nation-states and empires, fail to capture the experiences of labor migrants, who, like nonmigrants, were socialized in localities and regions, which did not always begin or end at imposed borderlines. Thus, it is necessary to superimpose on political-legal frameworks worldwide economic spaces, including sectoral linkages across borders—specific forms of work and specific economic sectors rather than states and national economies attract working men and women to move to new locales. To capture the meaning of such processes requires attention to the agency of migrants and the spaces they create (macro)regionally through migration systems and acculturation into communities. Transcultural spaces need to be determined empirically from labor market options and cultural insertion or exclusion.

Keywords: transcultural; transnationalism; transculturation; labor migrants; economic sectors

Chapter.  2650 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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