Beyond Transnationalism: An Alternative Perspective on Immigrants’ Homeland Connections

Roger Waldinger

in Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195337228
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

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 Beyond Transnationalism: An Alternative Perspective on Immigrants’ Homeland Connections

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This article first provides a critical review of the transnational perspective on migration, tracing its intellectual career and providing an evaluation. Starting from the standpoint that international migrations invariably produce cross-border connections, it then provides an alternative perspective, designed to explain variations in the strength, persistence, and coverage of those cross-border ties. The remaining sections apply that perspective to a range of cross-border phenomena. Given the complexity of global migrations, the burgeoning literature, and the huge scholarship devoted to both historical and contemporary eras of mass migration, the article focuses on the international migrants who have converged on the contemporary United States and the complex relations that link them to both their old and new homes.

Keywords: transnationalism; international migration; cross-border connections; migrants; United States

Article.  12951 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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