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Migration A–Z


  1. Dirk Hoerder

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm540

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Hoerder, D. 2013. Translocalism. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Translocal describes the connections between two or more specific localities as created and experienced by migrants. This has long been evident in histories of migration but the first explicit conceptualization was Baily's (1991). Local spaces of departure and arrival are part of regional economies as well as region-specific cultures and dialects (“transregionalism”). Regulatory frames for migration are set by states (trans-state, transnational). States and statewide economies may also be the generators of local emigration: Slowly developing or even dysfunctional economies, predatory states, or competing elites engaged in internal warfare over segments of the state may force people to depart. The religious wars in 16th and 17th-century Europe and the factional wars in some African countries in the present are examples.


  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • transnationalism;
  • globalization