Conceptualizing Transborder Communities

Lynn Stephen

in Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Conceptualizing Transborder Communities

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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.

Keywords: transborder community; borders; border crossing; borderlands; coloniality; states

Article.  9859 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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