5. Diaspora and Transnationalism in Urban Studies

  1. Ato Quayson and
  2. Girish Daswani
  1. Ayona Datta

Published Online: 25 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118320792.ch5

A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism

A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism

How to Cite

Datta, A. (2013) Diaspora and Transnationalism in Urban Studies, in A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism (eds A. Quayson and G. Daswani), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118320792.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188265

Online ISBN: 9781118320792

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Keywords:

  • cities;
  • urban;
  • multiculturalism;
  • cosmopolitanism;
  • transnational spaces;
  • capital flows

Summary

The focus of this chapter is on the relevance of diaspora and transnationalism to the broad and interdisciplinary field of urban studies, and argues that embodied, material, and corporeal encounters within cities are critical to the making of contemporary diasporic and transnational spaces and identities. The chapter argues that while the multifaceted notions of transnationalism and diaspora in their relations to people and power have significantly shaped the debates on identity, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism, it is only very recently that their implications for thinking about spaces physically, materially, and geographically have come to the forefront. The geographical “turn” in diaspora and transnationalism, as the movement of goods, ideas, people, and capital across (and beyond) nation-states, allows us to explore more situated politics of power that shape migrants' relations to other spaces and scales.