Transnational Politics

Rodolfo O. de la Garza

in Latino Studies

ISBN: 9780199913701
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:
Transnational Politics

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The continuing increase in Latin American immigration to the United States has generated great interest in transnational behaviors—the interactions of Latino immigrants and the native-born with country-of-origin governments, nongovernmental institutions, organizations in sending communities, and the families they left behind. The research on these themes has focused on economic, cultural, and social behaviors, with less attention paid to political interactions. This bibliography is intended to help correct that oversight. It begins by identifying distinct types of transnationalism and showing how they are linked to but distinct from political transnationalism. It moves on to review both the historical and current roles that immigrants play in home-country politics and the history of sending-state behavior vis-à-vis immigrants. The focus then shifts to more recent immigrant behavior involving the home country and the demands immigrants make of home-country officials. It will also review sending-state behaviors that target immigrants. Finally, it reviews the literature on the political behavior of immigrants that is relevant to the home country, including their foreign policy views and their impact on US foreign policy toward home states. In sum, the objective of this essay is to provide an overview of what we know and need to learn about the extent of immigrant-related political transnationalism, its salience, and its consequences for immigrants themselves as well as for sending states.

Article.  6712 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas ; US Cultural History

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