The Evolution of Transnational Ties

Robert Wuthnow

in Boundless Faith

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520259157
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943063 | DOI:
The Evolution of Transnational Ties

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The chapter explains the evolution of transnational ties. All transnational endeavors—multinational business organizations, overseas military campaigns, diplomacy, missionary and humanitarian programs—share two central challenges: distance and difference. Distance increases costs and makes coordination more difficult. Difference is marked especially by the cultural and language barriers that have to be overcome or circumvented for relationships to be established. The literature on globalization emphasizes distance and difference, holding that both are less important now than in the past and that their reduction is the main reason for increased trade and communication. In this view, globalization can best be understood as a result of air travel replacing steamships and satellite communications replacing the slower transmission of telegraph and telephone messages through transoceanic cables. Dissolving distance and difference also necessitates social organization.

Keywords: transnational ties; social organization; diplomacy; military campaigns; globalization

Chapter.  18134 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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